Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko during a sentencing court in Donetsk, on 21 March 2016.
According to the lawyer of Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko Alexey Tarasov, in the exchange of Russian citizens Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko on the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko “action underway”. He said this in a conversation with RBC.
“The probability of exchange is and it is above zero. In this direction are made certain actions”, — the lawyer told. He noted that he could not divulge what negotiations are going on. However, he stressed that such a decision can be made “at the management level of the States.”
Earlier about the consultation on the exchange Savchenko for Russian citizens bout and Yaroshenko reported “Interfax” with reference to informed sources. Attorney Savchenko mark Feigin told the Agency that about this opportunity is not heard.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that not heard about the consultation on that. “I saw media reports, but any information do not have”, — Peskov said, answering a question of journalists. In Washington also consider this option, said RBC official representative of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will Stevens. The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, in turn, called reports of such negotiations “ridiculous”, reports RIA Novosti.
Pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko was arrested in 2010 in Liberia and later extradited to the USA. The pilot was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He is accused of criminal conspiracy to smuggle into the US of cocaine worth $100 million.
Victor Bout was extradited to the U.S. from Thailand. He received a sentence of 25 years for smuggling weapons. Bout is charged with conspiracy to murder American citizens as a weapon, traded as Booth, was intended to rebels of the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC), recognized by Washington as a terrorist organization.
Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko was convicted in Russia for 22 years on charges of murder and illegal border crossing. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said he was willing to exchange it for the currently in Ukraine with the Russians, but the Russian side said that the official appeals were received.
The day after the visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov told about the possibility of sharing Savchenko for Russian citizens Alexander Alexander and Evgeny Erofeev, under trial in Kiev.