Yevgeny Chistov, a CIA spy currently imprisoned in Russia, is publicly urging U.S. President Donald Trump to conduct an exchange. Chistov penned a column for the Guardian, providing details about his biography and explaining to the public how he ended up serving a 13-year sentence in a Russian prison.
Chistov, an opponent of Vladimir Putin's brutal regime, used to work as a police officer in the Russian interior ministry. While working there, Yevgeny began passing information to the CIA.
"I told them about the ministry's secret plans, gave them the names of some people from the FSB, and revealed some objectives of Russia's ministry of defence. Then I was caught."
In March, 2016, the CIA spy was placed in a correctional colony in the Russian city of Bor. He shares his cell with a dozen inmates. Chistov writes for the Guardian that he has complained to the European court of human rights, and his application is currently being reviewed. But Chistov's family, he claims, is in "great danger," as it is being targeted by the authorities.