By Ann M. Simmons
Trevor Reed, a US citizen and former Marine, who has been detained in Russia since 2019, was released in a prisoner swap in a move lauded by Washington at a time when relations between the US and Russia are at a historic low.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement that “as the result of a lengthy negotiation process,” Mr. Reed was exchanged for Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a US court in 2010. Yaroshenko was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the US
The release of Mr. Reed, a student at the University of North Texas, who in 2020 was found guilty of assaulting two police officers and sentenced to nine years in prison, comes as the Russia stands at odds with the US and Europe over its invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin describes as a special military operation.
President Biden praised the American’s release in a statement issued by the White House on Wednesday.
“We welcome home Trevor Reed and celebrate his return to the family that missed him dearly,” the statement said. “I heard in the voices of Trevor’s parents how much they’ve worried about his health and missed his presence. And I was delighted to be able to share with them the good news about Trevor’s freedom.”
Mr. Reed, a student at the University of North Texas, had been found guilty of using violence against government officials, and ordered to pay each officer 100,000 rubles ($1,322).
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