If there’s anyone out there who still believes that the Kremlin operates on the up-and-up, we have some swampland for sale if you’re interested.
Russia has been one of the world’s most blatantly opportunistic and scam-prone nations, (a close second to North Korea, perhaps), and President Vladimir Putin seems to make a game out of telegraphing his selfish global maneuvers with just enough tongue-in-cheek deniability to get away with it. There is a tacit understanding that this is just how we have to deal with Russia, as Putin doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon…unless the cancer finally catches up with him.
In all honesty, even Putin’s eventual death won’t solve the problem, as greed begets greed, and corruption follows soon after, trickling down throughout the Russian government like overpriced vodka.
And so perhaps it should be no surprise that the Kremlin has been caught in a rather obvious scheme to take advantage of the US by taking an American sports star as a quasi-hostage.
The Kremlin said Friday that it’s open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.Trending:
Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 after police at a Moscow airport said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage.
The US attempted to discuss such a swap several times over the last few weeks, but officials were met with silence from the Russians. Now we know why:
A judge convicted the 31-year-old athlete Thursday of drug possession and smuggling, and sentenced her to nine years in prison. The politically charged case comes amid high tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s military action in Ukraine.
By handing down such an egregious sentence, (after refusing to even respond America’s previous proposals), the Russians have manufactured extra leverage for themselves in the prisoner swap negotiations and again betrayed the global norms for their own selfish aims.