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WNBA Star Found Guilty And Sentenced To Nine Years In Russian Jail


WNBA Star Found Guilty And Sentenced To Nine Years In Russian Jail

Many world leaders over the past few years have specifically targeted and supported anyone who is anti-Russia and anti-Putin.

In a calculated risk some nations that actually have direct business dealing with the Russian state-owned company Gazprom, an exporter of natural gas to Europe, were hoping that Russia would want their money regardless of their actions, such as supporting Ukraine in the two nations’ current conflict.

The Biden administration has gone all in by sending over 60+ billion dollars worth of aid to the Ukrainian government, and in effect against the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin himself.

The problem for nations that work to take down Russia or at least support those they consider to be an enemy, there will always be some form of retribution coming back at them from the Kremlin.

In response to Europe supporting Ukraine, Russia has cut gas flows to Europe as it gets ready for the winter season, forcing them to require their citizens to plan on cutting their heating, etc.

A WNBA star Brittney Griner is being used by the Russian government, against the Biden administration. She has been detained since February.

Griner was found guilty on Thursday of smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced to nine years in a penal colony. Prosecutors had asked a judge to sentence Griner to more than nine years in prison on drug charges plus a $16,300 fine.

Last week, before her sentencing on the charges, the Biden administration proposed a plan to exchange Griner and another American citizen for Viktor Bout, a weapons trafficker imprisoned in the U.S. Trump. Bout has been called the “Merchant of Death” because of his rapid rise to the top of international arms trafficking. He is a former Soviet military officer who worked for the KGB in Angola. Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder called Bout “one of the world’s most prolific arms dealers.”

Russian officials delayed their response to the administration’s prisoner exchange offer. They said they wanted a verdict in her case before a possible exchange could be carried out.

Griner’s defense lawyer Alexander Boikov insisted in his closing arguments that the American should be acquitted of the charges, despite her guilty plea, because prosecutors had failed to prove criminal intent. He also argued that Griner’s rights were breached during her arrest, investigation, and trial.

Griner hid multiple canisters of cannabis oil in her suitcase during her trip. She was caught and detained on Feb. 17 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

When questioned, the WNBA All-Star told authorities she had a doctor’s prescription for medical cannabis, but because Russia does not allow cannabis of any kind, she was arrested and charged. Following her detention, Griner was tested for drugs and was clean, her lawyers said.

Griner testified she uses cannabis oil in the U.S. for chronic pain but knew that carrying cannabis to Russia was illegal.

Griner pleaded guilty and acknowledged possessing the canisters but maintained she had no criminal intent and said she packed them in a rush for her trip to Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg basketball team during the WNBA’s offseason.

Despite her guilty plea, made in part to secure a lighter sentence, Russia’s judicial system called for the trial to continue.

I expect Russia to ask for even more in this already lopsided deal, and I expect Biden to give in as usual.

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But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”
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