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US Basketball Star Britney Griner’s Reopening Trial in Russia

The trial of US basketball star Britney Griner over drug charges resumes in Russia on Tuesday.

Greiner, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison in a Russian penal colony if convicted of smuggling cannabis e-cigarette cartridges into the country. The two-time Olympic champion said last week that she never intended to smuggle drugs into Russia in court, but her lawyers said she was not allowed to use medical marijuana, which is illegal in Russia. presented a note.

A court in Khimki, a town north of Moscow, resumed hearings on Tuesday, a month after the trial began.

US President Joe Biden’s administration violated its own secrecy policy when it offered to replace Griner with former Marine Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence on espionage charges. Some reports suggest that the exchange may include convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, US Secretary of State Antony Brinken spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, urging him to accept a prisoner exchange. Lavrov called for “quiet diplomacy without questionable media leaks” after the call.

Bloomberg reported Monday, citing unnamed people familiar with the debate, that Russia was trying to pull out a two-for-two prisoner swap.

The second Russian prisoners that Moscow authorities may have surfaced include Vadim Krasykov, who is serving a life sentence for murder in Germany, and Vladislav Klyushin, who was extradited from Switzerland to the United States on charges of insider trading. It is included.

White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre and White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrian Watson accused Russia of making a “malicious” counteroffer, dismissing it as “not serious.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/08/02/us-basketball-star-brittney-griners-trial-to-resume-in-russia-a78477 US Basketball Star Britney Griner’s Reopening Trial in Russia

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