Konstantin Yaroshenko

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"Drug Trafficker"
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SpouseViktoria Yaroshenko
Alleged drug trafficker who was the subject of at least 3 requests for extradition by the Russian government.

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Konstantin Yaroshenko is a Russian citizen and former air-cargo pilot. The DEA have claimed that he is a Drug Trafficker after his arrest in what he claimed was a string operation. He refused to testify against Viktor Bout. His wife, Viktoria has claimed that the US authorities offered his family permanent residency in the US if he would testify against Viktor Bout.[1]


He was captured in Monrovia, the capital of the West African nation of Liberia, in a 2010 US DEA sting operation dubbed Operation Relentless, and extradited to the USA. [2] Yaroshenko was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in jail for allegedly participating in a plot to smuggle cocaine into the US and other markets.


He denied all charges while his lawyers argued [3]that the prosecution withheld crucial evidence from the defense and the jury. [4] Yaroshenko described the charges as a frame-up and the arrest as a provocation. His appeal for a retrial was rejected. Konstantin’s wife, Viktoria, later claimed that the US authorities offered his family permanent residency in the US in exchange for testifying against Viktor Bout – a deal he had rejected.[5]


On September 7, 2011, a US court sentenced Yaroshenko to 20 years in jail. In April 2019 the Russian government made its third request to the USDOJ for his extradition.[6]


Sputnik News issued a series of reports on his case in 2012.[7]