The Biden Administration is proposing a prisoner swap for Americans
Last week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to expand the administration’s tools to deter hostage-taking and wrongful detention of U.S. nationals. This order is known as the “Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home.” It will authorize the imposition of financial sanctions and visa bans on people involved in these hostage-takings.
WNBA player Griner has recently pled guilty to possessing 0.7 grams of cannabis oil in Russia. This amount of cannabis oil is lawful in Arizona, where she is licensed as a medical cannabis patient. She was
All cannabis products are strictly illegal in Russia, regardless of how much THC they contain.
Griner Claims This Was an Accident
Griner has stated that she is aware of Russia’s views on cannabis and did not intentionally bring cannabis into the country. She claims that it was accidental and did not intend to bring it with her. This is entirely believable from the small amount found on her.
The Griner family, the U.S. government, and the WNBA have been working together to secure her release — though some say that the American government could do more for Brittney.
According to the newsletter,
The Biden Administration Has Made an Offer
The Biden Administration has offered a prisoner exchange of
In a letter to the president, Griner wrote, “I’m terrified I might be here forever.” President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Brittney’s wife, Cherelle Griner. Biden said he is also working to free Whelan, who is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence in Russia.
Whelan was arrested in 2018 for acting as a spy for the United States. At the time of his arrest, it was reported that Whelan was visiting Russia to attend a wedding. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared on Wednesday that the U.S. presented a “substantial proposal” to Moscow several weeks ago.
There was a press conference held on Wednesday where Blinken said President Biden was “directly involved” and signed off on the proposal; however, Blinken did not confirm that Bout was part of this deal.
The Russian Trial is Currently Underway
During a court appearance on Wednesday, Griner’s attorneys stated that the WNBA all-star was improperly arrested, was questioned without an attorney present, and did not read her rights under Russian law, which is supposed to occur within
On Tuesday, an expert testified in court that medical cannabis is used worldwide for pain management, according to an