Russia is rejoicing over the Griner prisoner swap. Their mocking laughter echoed worldwide as it criticized the United States for trading a basketball player for a weapons dealer under the Biden administration. On Thursday, WNBA star Brittney Griner was exchanged for infamous arms dealer Viktor Bout, who in 2011 was convicted of seeking to kill Americans through arms sales that included cooperating with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Griner was detained for carrying narcotics in a Moscow airport in February.
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In Exchange For Brittney Griner, Biden Trades The Merchant Of Death And Leaves Whelan To Languish In a Russian Jail.
Biden’s consent to release a Russian felon once called “the Merchant of Death” reflected the rising pressure that his administration faced to return Griner home, particularly following the recent completion of her criminal case and her subsequent relocation to a correctional camp.