12:51 GMT24 November 2020
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    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Sputnik) - Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is imprisoned in a US penitentiary facility with confirmed COVID-19 cases, is suffering from dry cough and a slight fever, his wife Viktoria said on Friday.

    "Kostya said that he had some kind of fever, seems to be mild. He has developed a dry cough," she said, adding that the prison had declared an emergency.

    In March, Yaroshenko's defence said they had requested to release him due to the threat of COVID-19, while his wife said that her husband had been diagnosed with acute respiratory disease.

    Connecticut's Danbury prison, where Yaroshenko is being held, has 15 people with COVID-19.

    Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia, in May 2010, on suspicion of drug trafficking. A year later, he was extradited to the United States and sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle a large amount of drugs to the United States.

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