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White House gets Yaroshenko family’s letter requesting pardon

The letter indicated that the pilot’s wife and daughter were able to see him only twice during the time of the man’s imprisonment - in 2011 and 2018
Konstantin Yaroshenko Family archive/TASS
Konstantin Yaroshenko
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ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 12. /TASS/. The White House has received a letter of pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko’s family asking US President Joe Biden to pardon the Russian, who is serving his sentence in a jail in Danbury city (Connecticut), his wife Viktoria Yaroshenko told TASS.

"The White House has received our request, a respective notification has been received," she said.

In late May, Yaroshenko’s family wrote a letter to Biden asking for a pardon. The letter indicated that the pilot’s wife and daughter were able to see him only twice during the time of the man’s imprisonment - in 2011 and 2018. Viktoria Yaroshenko recalled that this was the third petition for pardoning her husband sent to the US top leadership. Earlier, the letter with a request on pardoning Yaroshenko had been submitted to the US Embassy in Moscow. At first, it was not accepted by the diplomatic mission due to the anti-coronavirus measures. However, later a representative of the embassy took the letter from a post office.

The wife previously reported that the pilot continued to complain about his health condition, including problems with blood pressure, however, the healthcare unit ignored his complaints, while his appeal to the prison’s chief was also ignored.

The Yaroshenko case

Yaroshenko was sentenced in the United States on September 7, 2011, to 20 years in prison. He denies his guilt, slamming his arrest as a provocation, and castigating the whole affair as a fabricated case. The pilot was brought to the United States from Liberia, where he was arrested on May 28, 2010. Undercover US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents allegedly accused him of a "criminal conspiracy" to transport a large batch of cocaine.