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Ombudsman: US authorities bear full responsibility for jailed Russian pilot's life

February 04, 2014, 13:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Minister Counselor of the US Embassy in Moscow Howard Solomon was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where Konstantin Dolgov expressed concern over refusal of the US side to hand over Yaroshenko
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A file image of Konstantin Yaroshenko, the pilot sentenced to a jail term in the US

A file image of Konstantin Yaroshenko, the pilot sentenced to a jail term in the US

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MOSCOW, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. The US authorities bear full responsibility for the life and health of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, sentenced to a jail term in the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry ombudsman for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said at a meeting with the minister councilor of the US Embassy to Russia on Monday.

Yaroshenko was sentenced by a court in New York on September 7, 2011 after the court had found him guilty of complicity in a plot to smuggle a major batch of cocaine. He was brought to the United States from Liberia, where he was arrested on May 28, 2010. Undercover operatives of the US Drug Enforcement Administration exposed him of alleged criminal intent. It was the first incident in which American secret services seized a Russian national in a third country and covertly brought him to the US.

“On Monday, Minister Counselor of the US Embassy in Moscow Howard Solomon was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where Konstantin Dolgov expressed concern over refusal of the US side to hand over Yaroshenko, who was sentenced by a court in New York, to Russia under the 1983 Convention of the Council of Europe,” Russian Foreign Ministry sources said on Tuesday.

“The American authorities bear the full brunt of responsibility for the life and health of the Russian national,” they said. Dolgov drew American diplomat’s attention to a need to have humane jail conditions ensured for Yaroshenko, including medical treatment he was entitled to under international standards.

“We will continue seeking the return of Konstantin Yaroshenko and other Russian citizens finding themselves in a similar situation,” the ministry said.

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