Headline RoundupApril 27th, 2022

Russia Releases US Marine Trevor Reed in Prisoner Exchange

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, Russia released U.S. Marine Trevor Reed in a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian drug trafficker Konstantin Yaroshenko, who had already served a long portion of his prison sentence. 

Reed had been imprisoned for three years in Russia; he was sentenced to nine years in prison in July 2020 for endangering the "life and health" of Russian police officers in a 2019 altercation after a night of heavy drinking. He is reportedly being released in ill heath, with active tuberculosis. Yaroshenko was convicted in 2011 of smuggling cocaine in planes to destinations in South America, Africa, and Europe and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The prisoner swap comes as tensions run high between Russia and the U.S., with Russia's invasion of Ukraine entering its 63rd day. Other Americans remain jailed in Russia, including corporate security executive Paul Whelan and WNBA star Brittney Griner.

Media from all sides reported that the prisoner exchange is not seen as a change in the U.S. government's condemnation of Russia's war on Ukraine. 

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