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    Jailed Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko told Sputnik there is absolutely no chance the US Supreme Court will review his case.

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    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Jailed Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko told Sputnik there is absolutely no chance the US Supreme Court will review his case.

    "If you consider the statistics that out of 10,000 cases submitted for review to the High Court, only between 10 and 20 are accepted and only a few of the ten or 20 are criminal cases. Chances that the court will review my case are zero percent," Yaroshenko told Sputnik on Monday.

    Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko told Sputnik the claims by the US Department of State that proper medical care has been provided to him are a lie.

    "The official statement from the US State Department regarding me receiving appropriate medical care and that I received dental implants is a lie," Yaroshenko told Sputnik on Monday.

    Yaroshenko noted that the majority of his functioning teeth were pulled out and he is unable to consume solid foods. 

    "I can barely eat because I had yet another tooth pulled that I use to chew. A few times I chocked and was unable to breath. I have stopped eating solid food because of this," he stated.

    The pilot's dental problems began in Liberia, where he claims he was tortured by Liberia security services that abducted him before handing him over to US authorities.

    Yaroshenko also said a US doctor recently confirmed to him that the medical operation carried out in January was botched and corrective surgery was necessary.

    Yaroshenko was operated on in a Trenton, New Jersey, hospital after first complaining of health problems in 2014, three years after he was sent to the Fort Dix Prison for alleged drug trafficking.

    "Recently, for the first time since my operation, I was inspected by a surgeon from the same hospital where I had my operation. The doctor confirmed my complaint that the operation was carried out with low quality and required an additional surgery to correct the previous surgery," Yaroshenko told Sputnik on Monday.

    The US authorities detained Yaroshenko in Liberia in 2010 after conducting a sting operation across West Africa, and transferred the Russian pilot to the United States where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of smuggling cocaine.

    Yaroshenko said the court ignored much evidence proving that US prosecutors and drug enforcement authorities had fabricated the case against him.

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