Moscow and Washington are discussing the exchange of Viktor Bout for an American athlete

American and Russian law enforcement officers may soon agree on the exchange of a Russian citizen Viktor Bout, convicted of arms smuggling, for American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained for illegal transportation of narcotic substances. This is reported by the source of the agency. TASS.

The American was taken into custody at Sheremetyevo Airport in February of this year. With her, electronic cigarettes were found, in which the investigators found hash oil.

Greiner is now in one of the pre-trial detention centers in the Moscow region. The athlete faces a trial that could sentence her to 10 years in prison. Law enforcement officers held preliminary negotiations with her about the possibility of an exchange.

Viktor Bout was arrested in 2008 in Thailand on charges of selling weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist organization in the United States. In 2010, the Russian was taken to the United States, where a year and a half later, by a court verdict, he received 25 years in prison. In Russia, this case is considered by many to be politically motivated.

Meanwhile, at the end of April, US citizen Trevor Rowdy Reed, convicted in Russia, was exchanged for Russian Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was sentenced 12 years ago by the American Themis to 20 years in prison.
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  1. Spasatel Offline Spasatel
    Spasatel 13 May 2022 13: 47
    There is a good action movie of Russian production in 2014. The main characters are entirely the FSB, from generals to simple killers. Each general's office has a portrait of Putin, and each of these generals is a businessman, that is, just a bandit. One of the main characters is a certain FSB officer, by the name of Chub, according to the plot, an arms dealer.
    No, not Booth.
    Are you not making connections?
    This action movie was shown in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in the same 2014. In Russia, it passed unnoticed, quietly, and at night on the NTV channel, when normal working people are sleeping, and then the "premiere" took place only two years later, in 2016.
    Thinking people can be advised to take the time to watch.
    By the way, it's exciting...
    1. midivan Offline midivan
      midivan (Ivan) 13 May 2022 16: 34
      People who can think can be advised

      - Do not watch all kinds of crap, but think ...feel The stupid athlete decided to drag herself through the buzz, having seen enough of such films, where Russians, including the FSB officers, are very often suckers, and they turned out to be much smarter and still waited for the right moment.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 13 May 2022 17: 14
    In 2001, due to a growing wave of suspicion, Bout had to leave the UAE. In 2002, Belgium became the first country to accuse him of smuggling diamonds and laundering money worth about $300 million over the previous seven years, and put Bout on the international wanted list. Fearing arrest, Bout settled in Russia in 2002, trying not to travel abroad, not to draw attention to himself and, according to his wife, stopped being engaged in aviation. However, based on the Belgian warrant, in 2002 the UN imposed a ban on Bout's movements, and in 2005, together with the United States, demanded the freezing of his accounts, as well as all businesses and individuals associated with him. Booth claimed to have lost about $17 million as a result of UN sanctions.

    In the late 1990s, the US government launched an investigation into Bout's activities. In 2006, US President George W. Bush signed an executive order to freeze Bout's assets due to the fact that his activities threaten the implementation of US foreign policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Booth in Thailand
    In 2008, agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, under the guise of Colombian rebels, lured Bout to Bangkok, allegedly to conclude a deal for the supply of modern weapons, and made dictaphone recordings compromising Bout, which later became evidence in an American court[20]. On March 6, 2008, at the Sofitel Silom Road Hotel, Bout was detained by the Thai police. The arrest warrant was issued by a Thai court on charges of aiding Colombian terrorists posing as US agents.

    It would be better if our prisoners were pulled out (144 people). And this one is sitting on business.
  3. Dejan Barich Offline Dejan Barich
    Dejan Barich 14 May 2022 02: 02
    Yes, of course change.
  4. Awaz Offline Awaz
    Awaz (Walery) 15 May 2022 10: 12
    well, at least they didn't let her go. Not well, she just got with her foolishness. Even a month ago, she would have been forgiven and released. From the very beginning I said that they should be immediately prepared for exchange for ours .. Yes, and it was necessary to try to catch them earlier. There were plenty of reasons.