release him U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Trevor Reed “She’s now back in the USA,” his mother said early Thursday – as a new drama video showed a Hollywood-like moment when he was exchanged for a Russian drug dealer in a prisoner exchange.
“It has been [a] A very exciting day for the Reed family, the mother of 30-year-old Texas, Paula Reed, She tweeted about her son’s return who spent nearly 1,000 days in a Moscow prison on trumped-up charges.
The newly released footage showed a prisoner exchange on the tarmac of an airport in Turkey at a moment his father, Jerry, said was “just as you see it in the movies”.
Reed, dressed in all black, can be seen walking off his plane and across the tarmac — passing Konstantin Yaroshenko, 53, the Russian drug smuggler who was released from his 20-year sentence in a federal prison in Connecticut.
As his father noted, it was more like a scene from a movie like 2015’s Bridge of Spies, in which Tom Hanks stars Steven Spielberg, talking about a former prisoner exchange that frees US U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers.
Then Reed was flown home in a jet plane with a special isolation tent due to concerns he had tuberculosis, his family told NBC News. He arrived at an airport in San Antonio early Thursday.
before arriving, His father said, “I think it will really hit home for him and us when we can finally see and touch him.”
The trade-off took nearly three years to make, with President Biden saying on Wednesday that negotiations “require tough decisions that I don’t take seriously.”
The timing was particularly surprising given the rising tensions with Russia amid its brutal war on Ukraine.
Reed has been behind bars since 2019, accused of assaulting two policemen in Moscow while they were drunk He was sentenced to nine years in prison After a trial, the United States tore it apart, calling it a “theater of the absurd.”
He recently went on a hunger strike to complain about the harsh conditions in his prison.
Yaroshenko was serving a 20-year federal prison sentence in Connecticut for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine around the world. The Department of Justice has described him as an “experienced international drug dealer”.