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Some of the Russians in American prisons checked on the COVID-19

Some Russians in US prisons tested for coronavirus, the results are negative, is reflected in the responses of Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov to the media on the website of the foreign Ministry.

"After our appeals to the American authorities, many compatriots were provided with qualified medical aid. Some of the convicts have already tested for the coronavirus. Fortunately, the results are negative," - said Antonov.

According to him, Russian diplomats are in close contact with the US state Department, the Federal Bureau of prisons and the management of correctional institutions.

"Currently, we continue to seek from Washington the release of the most vulnerable categories of prisoners whose life and health during a pandemic under threat," - said Antonov.

He noted that the most resonant are the works of Konstantin Yaroshenko and Viktor bout, Roman Seleznev and Bogdan Osipova, which are often reported in the media. And they, he said, show "the repressive nature of American justice."

"Their rights are constantly violated. Without explanation they are placed in solitary confinement, denied appropriate medical care and essential drugs. Of course, all this has a negative impact on both physical and mental health status of compatriots", - said Antonov.

The diplomat recalled that on the background of the pandemic, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a message to Secretary of state Mike Pompeo with a request to consider the possibility of returning to Russia for humanitarian reasons, all inmates in the United States of Russians. Antonov also personally raised the issue of the fate of their compatriots in front of the attorney General William Barr and the Federal Bureau of prisons.

"Unfortunately, our appeals to show mercy and to release the Russians left without attention," stated Antonov.

Relevant data on the situation of COVID-19 in Russia and the world presented on the portal stopmanager.of the Russian Federation.