A US athlete was given a 9-year term in Russia

US women’s basketball player Greener Brittney was given a 9-year prison term by a Russian court for unlawful drug use. Joe Biden, the US president, has already asked for his release.

The incident that occurred, according to Biden, is wholly inappropriate. The United States does not in any way endorse this. Still requesting the release of Griner from Russia. so that he can go back to his friends, teammates, and family.

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Washington has also requested an agreement from Moscow. In the accord, the US has also included simple terms for prisoner exchanges. In exchange for Griner Britney’s release, the US wants to free Viktor Bout, a Russian national who was convicted of murder and given a 25-year term.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had earlier spoken on the phone with Sergey Lavrov of Russia about the release of the American basketball star. Since the commencement of the war in Ukraine, these were the first high-level discussions.

Shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine, Brittany Griner was detained at the Sheremetyevo airport with drugs in her possession. Security personnel found hashish and vape on him at that moment. Many individuals of the two nations are still behind bars today, even after the Cold War ended in the 1990s for a variety of serious and minor offenses.

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