The Khimki City Court of the Moscow Region sentenced American basketball player Brittney Griner to 9 years in a penal colony and a fine of 1 million rubles, finding her guilty in a drug smuggling case. This is reported by the correspondent of “Mediazona”.
The prosecutor's office requested 9.5 years in prison for the basketball player and a fine of 1 million rubles. She partly admitted her guilt.
Criminal case against Greiner was initiated due to the fact that at Sheremetyevo airport in her hand luggage, they found vape cartridges with hash oil weighing 0.702 grams. The basketball player flew to Moscow from New York.
Two-time Olympic champion, basketball player of the Yekaterinburg UMMC and the US national team Brittney Griner was detained on February 17. She was sent to jail.
CNN, citing unnamed sources, reported that in June, US authorities offered Russia to exchange Britney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan for Russian Viktor Bout, who was convicted on charges of preparing to supply weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP).
However, Bloomberg sources added, Russia does not want to exchange Greiner and Whelan for one Bout, therefore, it is considering Vladislav Klyushin, the creator of the Katyusha media monitoring system and social networks, as a candidate for the exchange. In the United States, he is accused of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers, as well as securities fraud.
“In short, you are guilty.” The court sentenced basketball player Britney Griner to 9 years in prison – a report from Khimki