Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is held in a U.S. prison, has undergone an operation, after which he is unable to walk, and Russian diplomats have already been informed of this situation, Yaroshenko's lawyer Alexei Tarasov has said.
"Konstantin is now in his prison cell. He is unable to walk and is in terrible pain. He says that it has not hurt so much in a very long time. Russian diplomats, the Embassy and the Consulate General in New York have been informed of this situation," Tarasov told the Rossiya 24 (VGTRK) television station on Jan. 24.
According to Rossiya 24, Yaroshenko was not been notified of his upcoming surgery, but was awakened by security guard in the middle of the night and was taken to a hospital in a city near the Fort Dix prison.
"After Yaroshenko regained consciousness on a hospital bed in Trenton after the anesthesia, security guards approached him, handcuffed him and then said: enough lying in bed, come with us. Yaroshenko was transported back to prison and was put in an ordinary cell, his previous one. At night, his cellmates themselves, seeing how bad Konstantin was feeling, took him to the prison infirmary on a stretcher," the lawyer said.
Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia on May 28, 2010, on charges of preparing to transport of a large haul of cocaine and was deported to the United States. A U.S. court sentenced the Russian citizen to 20 years in prison on Sept. 7, 2011.
The health condition of the pilot deteriorated in early February. The family and the lawyer said Yaroshenko complained of chest pain and difficulty breathing.
After the first health check, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its indignation at the fact that the urgent medical examination of Yaroshenko promised by the Fort Dix prison administration appeared to be formal and cursory and that neither the lawyer nor Russian diplomats were informed about its results.
Yaroshenko was examined again, but these results were not disclosed either.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the U.S. side had set unrealistic conditions for visits to Yaroshenko by Russian diplomats and doctors. For instance, the American side conditioned giving permission to Russian doctors to examine Yaroshenko on their possession of a medical license issued by the state of legal residence of the prison, New Jersey. This condition practically nullified the possibility of accomplishing this humanitarian mission.
In mid-November 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry made a representation to the U.S. Embassy, citing a serious deterioration of Yaroshenko's health.
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