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The Khimki city court on Thursday, August 4, sentenced American basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on charges of drug possession and smuggling. During the debate, the state prosecutor asked to sentence the American basketball player Brittney Griner to 9.5 years in a penal colony and a fine of one million rubles.

Basketball player detained in February 2022 at Sheremetyevo. The investigation claims that during the search Greiner’s luggage was found with vape cartridges with hash oil. The athlete admitted this, but stated that she was not going to bring the prohibited substance into Russia intentionally. She claims that she packed things in a state of stress and did not remember that she put the cartridges in her bag. Greiner also emphasized that she uses drugs exclusively for personal use.

The prosecutor, speaking in court, said that the investigation did not find any aggravating or extenuating circumstances for Griner. The state prosecutor asked to set off the time spent by the basketball player in the pre-trial detention center in the sentence.

Greiner was offered to be exchanged for Viktor Bout

July 5 sportswoman asked US President Joe Biden to do “everything possible” for her return home. The White House said they considered Greiner’s detention illegal. Her case was taken up by the special envoy of the President of the United States for hostage issues.

On July 27, CNN reported that Washington proposed to Moscow to exchange Brittney Greiner, as well as Paul Whelan, director of security at BorgWarner, who was convicted of espionage, against Russian citizen Viktor Bout, who is in an American prison. He was sentenced in 2012 to 25 years in prison for attempting to smuggle weapons, support terrorism, and conspire to kill Americans and US officials. July 29, according to the same CNN, Moscow offered to add another Russian to the exchange deal – Vadim Krasikov, who was convicted of the murder of former Chechen field commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin.

On August 1, the US administration announced that received a “treacherous” answer from Moscow – a counteroffer, which Washington “does not consider as serious.” The White House spokeswoman declined to provide any details. However, she stressed that Washington “takes very seriously” the fate of Greiner and Whelan.

One of the best basketball players in the world

31-year-old Brittney Greiner is considered by experts to be one of the best basketball players in the world. She twice (in 2016 and 2020) won the Olympic Games with the US team. In addition, Greiner is a Women’s NBA champion, a two-time world champion and the owner of many other sports awards.

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