A Russian court found Brittney Griner guilty and sentenced her to nine years, in a case wrapped up in U.S.-Russia tensions.

A Russian court found Brittney Griner guilty and sentenced her to nine years, in a case wrapped up in U.S.-Russia tensions.

| Friday 05 August 2022

NYT

A Russian court sentenced Brittney Griner, the W.N.B.A. star who has been detained in Moscow since February, to nine years in a penal colony on drug charges.
The guilty verdict, which most experts considered preordained in a legal system in which defendants are rarely acquitted, leaves Griner’s fate subject to diplomatic wrangling between Russia and the U.S. The countries have been discussing the possibility of a prisoner swap that would bring Griner home in exchange for one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers.
U.S. officials maintain that Griner was wrongly detained and held as a political bargaining chip. President Biden, who called the sentence “unacceptable,” now faces a difficult choice between standing firm on his proposal to trade the arms merchant Viktor Bout for Griner and another American, Paul Whelan, or sweetening the offer.

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