(Ashley, ND) — A North Dakota farmer who was detained in Ukraine for nearly a year is back in the U.S. The family of Kurt Groszhans is confirming that he returned to North Dakota on his birthday, October 20th. He was charged and jailed last November for allegedly plotting to assassinate Ukraine’s then-agriculture minister. Groszhans says he was actually detained on false charges because he had discovered corruption high up in the Ukrainian government. He says he supports the people of Ukraine and their efforts to oust Russia from their country.
Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after North Dakota farmer Kurt Groszhans returned safely to North Dakota: “We are pleased that Kurt has returned safely to North Dakota, and we join his family and friends in welcoming home.”
Senator Kevin Cramer issued the following statement: “We can confirm Kurt is safely in North Dakota with his family and friends. Like us, we hope others respect Kurt’s privacy at this time. We welcome Kurt home and are grateful for his safe return.”