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Yaroshenko's wife hoped that it would be possible to exchange Paul Whelan

Wife of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, serving time in an American prison, hoping for the possibility of exchange for American Paul Whelan, who on Monday was convicted in Russia for espionage.

Whelan was detained in Moscow in late 2018 during spy promotions. On Monday, the Moscow city court sentenced him to 16 years in a strict regime colony. The American in the final statement said that espionage was not involved. His defense argues that he became a victim of provocation.

"I don't know if there are any negotiations, but I'd like to hope that the exchange will be," Victoria Yaroshenko told RIA Novosti.

She said that currently her husband to disturb the tooth, and headache pain. The results of the test for the coronavirus he has not yet received. "Kostya says that more than half of the colony discovered coronavirus... the results not yet obtained", - said the Agency interlocutor.

Yaroshenko in the United States in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges in the preparation of the conspiracy to commit delivery of large quantities of drugs into U.S. territory.