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    High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova expressed hope that in the US Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko would be provided with the necessary medical assistance and adequate conditions of detention.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s human rights ombudsman has turned to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Human Rights Watch advocacy group over Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko’s health, the High Commissioner for Human Rights website said Tuesday.

    Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year sentence on drug smuggling charges, was said to experience severe pain after an unscheduled surgery held last week following complications.

    "High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova addressed Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Thomas R. Kane regarding Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has found himself in difficult straits," the commissioner website said.

    Yaroshenko’s attorney Aleksei Tarasov told Sputnik late on Monday prison officials have denied the pilot medicine prescribed to him after the surgery.

    "The High Commissioner considers humiliation, arbitrary actions against and torture of the imprisoned to be unacceptable. In her official letter Ms. Pamfilova expressed hope that in the US the Russian citizen would be provided with the necessary medical assistance and adequate conditions of detention," the commission added.

    Pamfilova addressed Human Rights Watch with a request to assist in facilitating humanitarian non-governmental organizations access to Yaroshenko.

    On Monday, Tarasov submitted a letter to the warden’s office at the Fort Dix Correctional Institution asking for a full release of Yaroshenko’s medical records related to the surgery.

    Russian authorities have repeatedly expressed concern over the circumstances of Yaroshenko's arrest and the poor conditions of his detention.


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