The vibe I’m getting for quite a lot of posters is “She’s a US citizen, what she didn’t wouldn’t carry a large - if any - sentence in the US”, which is both incorrect and ultimately utterly inconsequential. Whilst she is indeed a US citizen, she committed what is a crime on the foreign soil she was visiting. And if I, as a non-US citizen, was caught transporting drugs into the US, I wouldn’t be subject to punishment in accordance with the laws of my home country, but rather those of the US. I think that’s pretty basic knowledge and not really that hard to fathom. It is also utterly perplexing to witness US posters complaining about the length of the sentence, when in the US you can easily get 20, 30 or 50 years for something that would cost you no more than 2, 3 or 5 years in many other places in the world.
We can of course debate the political nature of Russian courts or, indeed, their penal code. But that’s really besides the point; Ms. Griner knowingly brought drugs into Russia, and I have zero sympathy for her facing the consequences of that action.
Exchanging a ball player with what might just be the worlds biggest international arms dealer seems utterly out of proportion; don’t the US have a Russian guy spending time in jail for, I don’t know, jay walking or something?
You're pretty far off the mark here...
We have a pretty racist border, and not in the fences and detention camps way. If a Canadian, French, or British citizen got off an airplane and got bagged with even 2-3 full THC vape cartridges at customs, they'd toss the weed and maybe detain them for a few hours, but they're probably not going to jail. Now if you're a Salvadorean citizen caught at MIA customs with the same thing... this is going to be a bad experience.
There is a concept of prosecutorial discretion. Let's not wrap ourselves up in the (Russian?) flag and claim that this is some principled stand against drug use. It's thuggish. How would you react if, for example, Hugo Chavez had tried to lock up a white American college student in Caracas with a baggy of cocaine? We're all horrified when British citizens get executed in China, Singapore, etc., for violating their bans on importation of drugs. Why are so many people in this thread defending Russia?
I draw a line at defending the nakedly political actions of a megalomaniacal dictatorship committing daily war crimes in a previously neutral, non-aligned country that they've treated like a smash-and-grab grocery store for generations. Get her out of that country.
Absolute shocker to me that notoriously homophobic and racist Russia found a way to detain and sentence a black lesbian from America. Somehow I don't think Gerhard Schroeder (remember him??) is getting pat downs and his bags searched during his many trips to Moscow to visit his pal Vlad.