Yaroshenko spoke about his health after returning from the US to Russia

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko spoke about torture in an American prison. After returning to Moscow, he complained about his health

Konstantin Yaroshenko

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was exchanged for American student Trevor Reed, complained about his health and torture in a US prison. He stated this on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel, RIA Novosti reports.

“Of course, not very much. What did the US authorities do with regard to me during these 12 years from the moment of my abduction, from the moment of torture. The attitude towards me in American prisons was not the best, — Yaroshenko answered the question about his health.

Yaroshenko was detained in Liberia in 2010 and extradited to the United States in connection with charges of smuggling a large consignment of cocaine. A year later, an American court sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The Russian Ministry of Justice asked Washington in April 2019 to extradite Yaroshenko to his homeland to serve his sentence here. The US authorities refused Russia, motivating this decision by the “seriousness of the charges and the gravity of the crimes.”


Reid was convicted in the summer of 2020 and sentenced to nine years in prison for assaulting police officers. The investigation claimed that in August 2019, police officers tried to take the student to the department, but he attacked them. Reed said that he was very drunk and did not remember what happened. He was transferred to the Mordovian colony.

The exchange of Yaroshenko for Reid took place on April 27 in Turkey. The plane with Yaroshenko flew to Vnukovo airport. There he was met by his wife and daughter.

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