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American Trevor Reed released from Russia in prisoner swap


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A former US marine held in a Russian jail since 2019 has been released in a prisoner swap.


US and Russian officials confirmed on Wednesday that Trevor Reed is on his way back to the US.

In return, the US agreed to return Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot serving a 20-year federal prison sentence in Connecticut.


Reed was arrested in the summer of 2019 after Russian authorities said he assaulted an officer while being driven to a police station following a night of heavy drinking.

He was later sentenced to nine years in prison, though his family maintained his innocence - and the U.S. government has described him as being unjustly detained.


Reed's family had been petitioning government officials for years to bring their son home, and had met with President Joe Biden just last month.


Reed was finally released on Wednesday as part of a prisoner exchange, in which US officials agreed to return Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot serving a 20-year federal prison sentence in Connecticut for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. after he was arrested in Liberia in 2010 and extradited to the U.S.


His parents, Joey and Paula, now say their 'prayers have been answered,' telling CNN New Day host Brianna Keilar: 'Obviously we're ecstatic.'


Reed's release will not impact the US approach to the war in Ukraine, senior administration officials said.

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