US Basketball Player: 9 years in jail for American basketball player in Russia, fined Rs 13 lakh
New Delhi : A Russian court has sentenced American basketball player Brittany Griner to 9 years in prison and a fine of around Rs 13 lakh. Brittany has been charged with drug trafficking. US President Joe Biden strongly opposed the court’s decision and appealed to Russia to accept the ‘prisoner swap’ agreement.
The US has offered Russia a prisoner swap for Griner’s release. The US has offered the release of dangerous Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for Brittany’s release.
In this regard, White House National Security Spokesperson John Kirby said – We have made a serious proposal to Russia. Russia must accept this. According to the news agency Reuters, Russia has demanded the release of Vadim Kassikov under the prisoner deal. Vadim is being jailed in a German prison for murder. But Kirby clarified that the US has not yet considered the issue. America has said in this matter that the issue of Vadim’s release is not up for discussion.