MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, jailed in the United States, called himself Tuesday "a small pawn in a big game," making it impossible to have an honest legal battle.
"Honest legal battle is impossible in a corrupt system. I am just a small pawn in a big game of the US. It is not a democracy, it is a totalitarian system," Yaroshenko said in an audio statement presented at a press conference in Moscow.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly expressed concern over the circumstances of Yaroshenko's arrest and the poor conditions of his detention.