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Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison on drug Prosecutors had asked for a 9 1/2-year sentence for the WNBA star. After Thursday's verdict, attention will turn to the potential for a prisoner swap between the United States and Russia.

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Aug. 4, 2022, 8:35 AM EDT / Updated Aug. 4, 2022, 12:01 PM EDT

WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison after being convicted on drug charges by a Moscow court Thursday.

Griner pleaded guilty last month in a lengthy trial that has underscored the frayed relations between the United States and Russia since the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

 
 

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 9 1/2 years after closing arguments Thursday. In a final plea for leniency, an emotional Griner apologized and repeated that she never intended to break any Russian laws but that she had made “an honest mistake.”

Just hours later, Judge Anna Sotnikova returned to announce she had been found guilty of drug possession and smuggling. Griner, 31, will also have to pay a fine of 1 million rubles ($16,590), but can appeal the verdict.

Attention will now turn to the potential for a prisoner swap between Washington and Moscow. U.S. officials are not expecting rapid movement in the effort to get Griner released, but will keep pressing the issue, a U.S. official told NBC News.

 

 

Biden calls Griner sentencing ‘unacceptable,’ WH hopeful on potential prisoner swap“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Presideid in a statement shortly after the verdict was announced.

 

“It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”

Griner’s legal team said she was “very disappointed,” in a statement to reporters outside the courhouse, adding that they were “very suprised by the verdict.

“The court completely ignored all the evidence of the defense, and most importantly, the guilty plea,” her lawyers said in a separate statement sent on the Telegram messaging app.

They added that they will file an appeal. 

 

Griner was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February; Russian authorities said they found vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage.

Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, admitted the canisters were hers. She said she took them to Russia unintentionally after packing her luggage in a hurry.

 

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The Kremlin has been accused of using Griner as a political pawn, while the Biden administration has been under growing pressure from her family and teammates to secure her release.

The U.S. government has proposed that Moscow release Griner and another American, Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage, in exchange for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday that Russia responded in “bad faith” to the U.S. government’s offer with one of its own. “We don’t see it as a serious counteroffer,” she said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who spoke with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, last week — the highest-level diplomatic engagement between the two countries since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February — to urge the Kremlin to accept the U.S. offer. 

The Russians responded by urging the U.S. to refrain from speculation and pursue “quiet diplomacy” instead.

In a statement after the sentencing Thursday, Blinken said that it “compounds the injustice of her wrongful detention.” 

 

“This step puts a spotlight on our significant concerns with Russia’s legal system and the Russian government’s use of wrongful detentions to advance its own agenda, using individuals as political pawns,” he added.

In May, the State Department reclassified Griner as having been “wrongfully detained” and transferred oversight of her case to the its presidential envoy for hostage affairs. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied Griner is being held as a hostage.

Biden spoke with Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, last month. He also sent a letter directly to Griner after she sent him a handwritten note pleading for help to get her released. 

 

There has been a growing chorus of calls for Washington to do more to secure Griner's release nearly five months after being arrested on drug charges.Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

On Thursday, Griner was led into a cage inside the courtroom in handcuffs, wearing a gray-colored shirt. Before the proceedings began, she displayed a photo of her teammates from the Russian club she played for in the WNBA off-season.

 

Her lawyer Maria Blagovolina called prosecutors' requests for a strict sentence "nonsense." The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Her defense team called into question some of the expert analysis used in the case and said Griner did not have proper interpreter access during her arrest. They also pointed out Griner’s many athletic accomplishments, including in Russia, where the 6-foot-9 native of Houston plays for Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company Ekaterinburg.

Her lawyers reiterated that Griner has only used cannabis medically, and has never used it in Russia. They asked for Griner to be acquitted or be given the most lenient sentence possible.

As Griner addressed the court, her voice trembled as she apologized to her fans, family and teammates for any embarrassment or damage that she may have brought on them. She called the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, where she played, her second home.

 

"I never meant to hurt anybody," she said. "I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population. I never meant to break any laws here."

 
 
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9 minutes ago, dan in daytona said:

Crystal ball (and common sense) says she's home before Labor Day. 

Had to convict her no other choice, if Russia didn’t charge her or gave her light sentence then they wouldn’t have any bargaining chips , they got leverage against USA

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54 minutes ago, Ga96 said:

She's guilty but the length of the sentencing is political. 

"Possession of up to 6 grams (or two grams of hashish) is an administrative offense, punishable by a fine or detention of 15 days."

Who’s laws is that?

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5 minutes ago, OldTerrapin said:

She also admitted to a smuggling charge though. What's Russia's law on that?

 

I don't know. But it obviously says the sentence for bringing a $10 worth of marijuana into Russia is 365x greater than the sentence for just having it in Russia.

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This just happened in June FYI "large scale" was 17 grams, same thing medically prescribed by US Doctor

No one is calling well at least the media is not calling for him to be prisoner swapped for him to come home and he is a teacher..

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-marc-fogel-moscow-sentenced-14-years-prison-cannabis-smuggling/

 

Russia sentences American teacher Marc Fogel to 14 years in prison for "large-scale" cannabis smuggling

Moscow — A Moscow court has sentenced a U.S. teacher to 14 years in prison for "large-scale" cannabis smuggling, the latest American to be caught up in Russia's legal system

"During customs checks, the marijuana and hash oil were found in his luggage," officials said, adding that the drugs were hidden in contact lens cases and e-cigarette cartridges. The incident took place in August 2021.

Fogel, who worked as a teacher in the Anglo-American School of Moscow, insisted the marijuana was for medical purposes and that it was prescribed in the United States after a spinal operation. Russia has not made the use of cannabis legal for medicinal purposes.

 

 

"He insists that it was medical marijuana and claims that a doctor prescribed it to him in the United States, which is allegedly confirmed by an entry in the medical record," Alexander Khurudzhi, a member of a Moscow human rights committee who was among a group of lawyers that visited Fogel in December, told Russia's Interfax news agency at the time. 

"He claims he was unaware of Russia's ban on medical marijuana," Khurudhzi said.

Fogel told the lawyers in December that he brought around 17 grams, or just over half an ounce, of marijuana with him to Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, OldTerrapin said:

This just happened in June FYI "large scale" was 17 grams, same thing medically prescribed by US Doctor

No one is calling well at least the media is not calling for him to be prisoner swapped for him to come home and he is a teacher..

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-marc-fogel-moscow-sentenced-14-years-prison-cannabis-smuggling/

 

Russia sentences American teacher Marc Fogel to 14 years in prison for "large-scale" cannabis smuggling

Moscow — A Moscow court has sentenced a U.S. teacher to 14 years in prison for "large-scale" cannabis smuggling, the latest American to be caught up in Russia's legal system

"During customs checks, the marijuana and hash oil were found in his luggage," officials said, adding that the drugs were hidden in contact lens cases and e-cigarette cartridges. The incident took place in August 2021.

Fogel, who worked as a teacher in the Anglo-American School of Moscow, insisted the marijuana was for medical purposes and that it was prescribed in the United States after a spinal operation. Russia has not made the use of cannabis legal for medicinal purposes.

 

 

"He insists that it was medical marijuana and claims that a doctor prescribed it to him in the United States, which is allegedly confirmed by an entry in the medical record," Alexander Khurudzhi, a member of a Moscow human rights committee who was among a group of lawyers that visited Fogel in December, told Russia's Interfax news agency at the time. 

"He claims he was unaware of Russia's ban on medical marijuana," Khurudhzi said.

Fogel told the lawyers in December that he brought around 17 grams, or just over half an ounce, of marijuana with him to Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

I bet you Fogel isn’t a Gay Black “woman”? Basketball player 

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1 minute ago, OldTerrapin said:

Fogel is fucked

Fogel had 25x the amount Griner had. In the United States Fogel would have been charged with a felony and done up to six years. And yeah, he’s not a political celebrity at the center of the world right now. And that is bullshit. 

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1 hour ago, GoBigBlack said:

Fogel had 25x the amount Griner had. In the United States Fogel would have been charged with a felony and done up to six years. And yeah, he’s not a political celebrity at the center of the world right now. And that is bullshit. 

Well no he wouldn't because he has a script for it.  And he did get 14 years not 9.  Also most states less than an ounce is not a felony and even if it was no one gets any real time for felony weed possession for first time offense. 

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30 minutes ago, OldTerrapin said:

Well no he wouldn't because he has a script for it.  And he did get 14 years not 9.  Also most states less than an ounce is not a felony and even if it was no one gets any real time for felony weed possession for first time offense. 

There’s no such thing as a script here. It isn’t recognized. And I know he got 14, Griner was facing up to 10. The penalty for possessing what she had is up to 15 days. So penalty for bringing that same amount in on a plane is many, many, many times greater. It’s almost if it was calculated.

Either way, some states here are still nearly as bad, easily. I looked no further than Alabama, the first state alphabetically. In Alabama, if your friend leaves .001 grams of marijuana in your car and you’re driving around with it, that’s a felony. Getting caught with the same amount of weed Griner had would be far worse in Alabama.

 

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6 hours ago, GoBigBlack said:

Fogel had 25x the amount Griner had. In the United States Fogel would have been charged with a felony and done up to six years. And yeah, he’s not a political celebrity at the center of the world right now. And that is bullshit. 

Not everywhere is the US after all.  Americans need to be mindful of that when traveling abroad. You lose a lot in terms of protection and status can work against you.

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On 8/4/2022 at 1:06 PM, Wildcat Will said:

1,000,000 ruple fine (16,000 US).

Her sentenced begins today. She was immediately taken to a penal colony

 

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On 8/4/2022 at 11:28 PM, On2whls said:

Not everywhere is the US after all.  Americans need to be mindful of that when traveling abroad. You lose a lot in terms of protection and status can work against you.


 

 

 

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On 8/8/2022 at 12:34 PM, Nolebull813 said:

The only travesty would be if we release a violent criminal in exchange for this anti-American basketball player. It would be peak-Biden though. 

Putin holds the cards in this one.  I can’t imagine he’s dumb enough to trade Greiner for one thug.  The question is how high a price is the US willing to pay?  Relieve some personal sanctions, for him and his buddies?  Suspend money and arms assistance to Ukraine?  Forego NATO expansion? With our help, the Ukrainians have killed a lot of Russian soldiers.  Why sell low?

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9 hours ago, On2whls said:

Putin holds the cards in this one.  I can’t imagine he’s dumb enough to trade Greiner for one thug.  The question is how high a price is the US willing to pay?  Relieve some personal sanctions, for him and his buddies?  Suspend money and arms assistance to Ukraine?  Forego NATO expansion? With our help, the Ukrainians have killed a lot of Russian soldiers.  Why sell low?

We shouldn’t trade anyone for anyone. Or do any of that. Why should we have to weaken our position in any aspect for some woman who hates America and committed a crime on her own and pleaded guilty to said crime? 

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