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Moscow announced the exchange of Reed for Yaroshenko. Reed, a student and former Marine from Texas, was sentenced in July 2020 to nine years in prison by a Russian court for allegedly attacking police officers while drunk. Reed then pleaded not guilty and said he had no recollection of the incident.

Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in 2010 for drug trafficking. He was later transferred to the United States where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2011.

Biden confirmed the news in a statement released by the White House, announcing that Reed was “free” after three years in detention in Russia.

“The negotiations that brought Trevor home required difficult decisions that I do not make lightly. His safe return is testament to the priority my Administration places on bringing home Americans taken prisoner and wrongly detained abroad,” he said. the mandatary.

The prisoner swap comes at a time of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Reed’s safe return is a testament to the priority my administration places on bringing home Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also praised the swap. “I am pleased to announce the release of US citizen Trevor Reed, who was wrongfully detained in Russia,” Blinken said in a statement.

“We remain committed to ensuring the freedom of all American citizens unjustly detained abroad,” he said.

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