Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a prison term in the US for drug smuggling, was sent for a medical examination after he complained of coronavirus symptoms, RIA Novosti reported with reference to Alexey Topolsky, spokesman for the Russian Consulate General in New York.
The Russian Consulate General has requested the Danbury Prison, where the Russian is being held, about the situation with the coronavirus in the institution and the condition of Yaroshenko. “The prison administration announced the Russian’s referral for medical examination,” said Topolsky.
Earlier, Yaroshenko said that one of his cellmates died from a coronavirus. According to him, the bed of the deceased was 2 meters from his place. According to the Russian, a cellmate was denied medical care for three days and sent to isolation only when his condition became critical.
The Russian said that he himself could become infected with a coronavirus. He also believes that in prison all prisoners fell ill with COVID-19. Yaroshenko’s lawyer said that the general cell where his client is serving a sentence, calculated about 100 prisoners.
Konstantin Yaroshenko was detained in Liberia in May 2010. He was then extradited to the United States and charged with drug smuggling. In September 2011, an American court sentenced a Russian to 20 years in prison.