Russia negotiates with the US to release a basketball player in exchange for a "death merchant"

Moscow, Russia.- Russia and the United States they negotiate the change of the imprisoned American basketball player Britney Greiner by Russian arms dealer Viktor But, known as the “merchant of death” and serving a sentence in an American prison.

“At the moment negotiations are taking place for the exchange of But for Greiner”A member of the Moscow Supervisory Commission, which is responsible for monitoring conditions in Russian prisons, informed the TASS agency.

Greiner, player for UGMK Yekaterinburg, was arrested on February 17 at Sheremetvo airport in Moscow, as customs officials they found cannabis oil in his suitcases.

Russia Offers to Free American Basketball Player in Exchange for Russian Arms Dealer

Next, the basketball player, who maintains her innocence, was arrested for drug smuggling and has been in pretrial detention ever since.

The American, who has been a member of the Russian team since 2015, can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, since in Russia it is prohibited by law to enter the country with cannabis.

The UGMK, trained by the Spanish Miguel Méndez, Spanish coach since 2021, has not made any public statement in this regard.

Russia negotiates releases with the US

Greiner’s arrest expires on May 19, although the local press assumes that said precautionary measure will be prolonged.

The former US ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson, is negotiating the exchange of Greiner, 31, a double world and Olympic champion with his country.

But he is serving 25 years in prison, among other things, for conspiring to kill US citizens and sell weapons to the old Colombian FARC war.

Recently, Russia and the US exchanged the American student Trevor Reed, sentenced to nine years in prison for resisting arrest, for the Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, sentenced in the US to 20 years for drug smuggling.

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