Jailed Russian pilot sent for COVID test in US

Jailed Russian pilot sent for COVID test in US

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New York, Apr 23: Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, serving a prison term in the United States, who complained about symptoms of Novel Coronavirus disease, has been sent for a medical examination, a spokesperson for the Russian consulate general in New York said here.

According to Spokesperson Alexey Topolsky, ''In connection with the information about the deterioration in the state of Connecticut of the sanitary and epidemiological situation associated with the spread of COVID-19 infection, we requested the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution to provide data on the health of pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko. ''In response, the prison administration said the Russian was sent for medical examination. We expect it to be carried out immediately, and all necessary medical assistance will be provided to Konstantin Yaroshenko,'' Sputnik quoted Mr Topolsky as saying.

The consulate ''keeps the situation under control,'' he added. Earlier, Yaroshenko's lawyer Alexey Tarasov told Sputnik that Yaroshenko believed he had contracted Coronavirus and all prisoners in the cell had become infected. According to the lawyer, the pilot said his cellmate had died from COVID-19. Russia's consulate general in New York requested the Danbury correctional facility, where Yaroshenko is kept, about the COVID-19 situation in the facility and the Russian's condition. Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in May, 2010 on suspicion of drug trafficking. A year later, he was extradited to the United States and sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle a large amount of drugs to the country. He has denied all charges. (UNI)