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VP Condemns Russia for Griner Sentence but It Backfires Big Time

After a Moscow court condemned WNBA player Brittney Griner to nine years in a prison colony, Vice President Kamala Harris criticized Russia.

The vice president’s denunciation surprisingly backfired. She was reminded that Harris, who served as the attorney general and district attorney in California, personally sentenced hundreds of people to lengthy jail terms for marijuana use.

Following Griner’s almost ten-year sentence from a Russian court, Harris made his most recent significant communication error. She was apprehended on February 17 with cannabis vaping supplies at a Moscow airport.

The US government’s attempts to secure her release were greatly hindered by Putin’s assault on Ukraine, which started a week later. There are hints that the Russian government is using her to extort America.

In an effort to be sent home and swapped, Griner admitted guilt to the narcotics smuggling allegations last month.

Extortion by Putin worked. The Biden administration made an offer to Russia to trade the WNBA player and Paul Whelan, a former US Marine who has been detained in Moscow since 2018 on suspicion of spying charges, for Viktor Bout, a.k.a. the “Merchant of Death,” a smuggler who deals in international arms deals.

However, it looks that the Putin government has become beyond impudent. It is currently rejecting the trade and requesting the addition of another Russian criminal detained by the US in order to sweeten the deal.

Former Soviet military commander Bout, who went rogue in the 1990s, was successful in selling large quantities of lethal Russian weaponry to several repressive regimes, violent rebels, and other groups all over the world.

Griner’s lengthy prison sentence appears to have demoralized her, although there have been rumors that a prisoner swap will happen in the coming weeks.

Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her outrage with Russia’s sentence on Twitter. She demanded Griner’s immediate release and denounced what she called Russia’s illegal incarceration of Griner.

The vice president of Biden, meanwhile, scarcely could have predicted that speaking out would backfire given her own track record as a prosecutor.

On Twitter, Harris’ detractors were quick to remind her that while she was the attorney general of California and the district attorney of San Francisco, respectively, she imprisoned thousands of individuals for marijuana possession.

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