|Title:||Did Putin Promote Drug Smuggler U.S. Exchanged for Ex-Marine?|
|Date published:||October 28, 2022|
|Date updated:||October 28, 2022|
True. Konstantin Yaroshenko was convicted in 2011 for his involvement in a major drug smuggling operation.
It is also true that he was part of a prisoner exchange that also included Trevor Reed, a former U.S. marine.
In October 2022, Yaroshenko was indeed appointed to civic office by the Russian president’s decree, having earlier expressed an interest in “human rights advocacy” and “social work.”