Russian diplomats intend to meet with pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is held in a U.S. prison and has recently undergone an operation, in the coming days, the Rossiya 24 television station reported on Jan. 26.
"According to lawyer Alexei Tarasov, the health of his client invites some questions. The prison administration is not giving Yaroshenko the pain relief medicines that have been prescribed. And, on the whole, there are no conditions for his post-surgery recovery," it said.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said earlier that the Russian authorities had drawn the American side's attention to the need to provide Yaroshenko with medical care, and Moscow was hopeful that his health would continue to receive due attention.
Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia on May 28, 2010, on charges of preparing to transport of a large haul of cocaine and was then deported to the United States. A U.S. court sentenced the Russian citizen to 20 years in prison on September 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.
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