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Video Shows Britney Griner Being Traded For Russian Arms Dealer

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Russia released Britney Griner on Thursday and a compilation video released by Russian state media shows the moment the WNBA star was swapped with notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout at an airport in Abu Dhabi.

After the match, Bout walks towards the camera, accompanied by two men with blurred faces. Greiner peels off to the left, and he too accompanies him, greeted by a half-dozen people.

Another video shows Greiner getting into the van, exiting the van, and boarding the plane. In the video, also edited, Griner is seen showing his passport and sitting on the plane. When asked how she was feeling, she replied, “Happy.”

She says she doesn’t know where the plane is going.

In releasing Bout, the United States released a former Soviet Army lieutenant colonel who the Justice Department once described as one of the world’s most prolific arms dealers. He was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the United States in 2010.

Bout was serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to sell tens of millions of dollars in weapons that US officials said would be used against Americans. Bout said he had served 11 of his 25-year prison sentence and was due to be released in August 2029. Biden released arms dealers from federal prisons in Illinois and gave them pardons to perform prisoner swaps.

Biden’s granting the release of Russian felon Bout, once nicknamed the “Merchant of Death,” is not a surprise to Griner, especially after the resolution of her criminal case on recent drug charges and her subsequent transfer to prison. underscored the growing urgency faced by his administration to bring home the colony. Griner, who also played professional basketball in Russia, was arrested at the airport after Russian authorities said he had an e-cigarette canister containing cannabis oil.

Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Baylor University All-American, and Phoenix Mercury pro basketball star whose arrest made her the most famous American to be imprisoned abroad. Her status as an openly gay Black woman has been confined to a country where authorities have antagonized her LBGTQ community, injecting racial, gender and social dynamics into her legal narrative and leading to unjust detention. It has drawn unprecedented attention to the human population.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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