CNN: US offers to trade Booth for Whelan and Greiner
WASHINGTON, July 27 – RIA Novosti. According to the TV channel, the USA offered Russia to trade businessman Viktor Bout with American Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner. CNN.
“The Biden administration is offering an arms dealer to Russia (Viktor Bout. – Approx. ed.) as part of a possible swap deal for Greiner, Whelan,” the report says.
As the channel explains, US President Joe Biden personally endorsed the change plan. In response, Bout’s lawyer told RIA Novosti that he could not comment on reports of client exchanges, but “that could change soon.”
Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken announced that he intends to meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the issue of Americans arrested in Russia. However, he did not specify the details of the offer to Moscow.
Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand at the request of the United States in 2008 as a result of a provocative operation by the American intelligence services. He was accused of conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorism. Booth denies the allegations on all counts. In Thailand, he won two extradition cases in the first place, but later the decisions of the courts were overturned at the appeal stage.
While Bout was still under the jurisdiction of Thai justice, he was taken to the United States in gross violations of both Thai and American law. In 2012, a New York jury found the Russian guilty, after which the federal court sentenced him to the minimum sentence under sane clauses – 25 years in prison.
Basketball player Greiner, who came from New York in February, was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport. During the examination of hand luggage, vapors were found in which a liquid with a specific odor was found. In the examination, it was determined that it contains poppy oil. The UK has filed a criminal case for drug trafficking, where Greiner could face up to ten years in prison.
The case, which resulted in ex-US Marine Whelan serving a 16-year sentence, became one of the most high-profile cases of 2020. The plot of the charge in his case was not disclosed: the FSB only followed from the press release that at the end of 2018 he was detained in Moscow during a spy operation.
Now Whelan is serving his sentence in a colony in Mordovia. He did not appeal the court’s decision, hoping for a speedy change, but did not wait and was transferred from the pre-trial detention center.
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