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Wife of Jailed Russian Pilot Begs Trump to Set Him Free

Wife of Jailed Russian Pilot Begs Trump to Set Him Free
Anti-Maidan movement members rally in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to support Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a sentence in the U.S. (Alexander Vilf/Sputnik via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 06 July 2017 12:58 PM

The wife of a Russian pilot now serving 20 years behind bars in an American prison has written to President Donald Trump pleading on behalf of her husband for a pardon.

"This letter is our last hope and the cry of the heart," Viktoria Yaroshenko told the Russian news service TASS.

"He is asking President Trump to pardon him or to transfer him under an international convention. I dearly hope that our letters will not remain unanswered and Mr. Trump will respond."

In an interview with Sputnik News, pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko added: "This appeal to Donald Trump is last my chance to return to Russia while I am sane. I hope that the U.S. president would show humanity and mercy and will be able to transfer me to the Russian authorities."

The U.S. said Yaroshenko conspired to import more than $100 million worth of cocaine into the U.S. He was busted in Liberia in 2010 and handed over to the American authorities. Russian officials said the airman was tortured upon his arrest.

In 2014, Yaroshenko's lawyer, Alexei Tarasov, told the Russia Today state TV channel that his client had experienced symptoms of a heart attack, but had not been helped.

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The wife of a Russian pilot now serving 20 years behind bars in an American prison has written to President Donald Trump pleading on behalf of her husband for a pardon.
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