Photo: File
Photo: File

Russia has released American female basketball star Brittany Griner, who was convicted in a drug case, in exchange for a Russian arms dealer.

US President Joe Biden has confirmed the release of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bot in exchange for Brittany Griner.

While speaking at the White House, the US President said that Britney Griner has been released from a Russian prison, is fine and is returning home.

According to American officials, President Biden and Vice President Kamilla Harris also spoke to the American player on the phone.

According to foreign media, 32-year-old Brittany Griner will arrive in the United Arab Emirates after being released from 10 months of imprisonment in Russia, from where she will board a flight to the United States.

It should be noted that two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittany Griner was arrested in February of this year by the Women’s National Basketball Association for bringing a prohibited drug (hashish oil) into the Russian border while participating in competitions in Russia. was

A Russian court rejected Britney's appeal against the sentence in August, Photo: File
A Russian court rejected Britney’s appeal against the sentence in August, Photo: File

In August, a Russian court sentenced him to nine years in prison and fined him 1 million rubles (about $16,990).

The conviction of Brittany Griner by the Russian court was called an unacceptable decision by US President Joe Biden.

In August, Brittany Griner appealed against the sentence, which was rejected by the court. The thing was kept with him.

Who is Victor Bot released by the US?

In exchange for Brittany Griner’s release, the US has released Russian arms dealer Viktor Bot, who was arrested by the US in a sting operation in Thailand in 2008, accused of illegal arms sales.

According to a foreign news agency, former Soviet Army Lt. Col. Viktor Bot was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a US court in 2012, accused of conspiring to sell millions of dollars worth of weapons, which US authorities claim are the alleged weapons. It was to be used against the Americans.

Victor Bot was arrested in Thailand in 2008, Photo: File
Victor Bot was arrested in Thailand in 2008, Photo: File

Victor Bott, 55, was also accused of arranging arms sales from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan and contributing to violence.

Victor Bot was wanted by the United States for a long time. The US Department of Justice called him the biggest arms dealer and he was also called a merchant of death in the Western media. is given