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Old 04.08.2022, 19:04
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US basketball player and ‘Drug smuggler’ gets 9 years in Russian jail

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62427635

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Old 04.08.2022, 19:08
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What‘s the change she‘ll be sent back in a deal? All nice if you are famous apparently.
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Old 04.08.2022, 19:13
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What‘s the change she‘ll be sent back in a deal? All nice if you are famous apparently.
The more famous the higher your value as a bargaining chip. The Russian will live to keep her for a while. The way things are going, she will be in a penal colony for two years before she gets exchanged.

All for playing hoops in a shitty town in a shitty country.
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That’s click bait, she had accidentally left vape cartridges in her bag …. and the Russians are using her for political bargaining.
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Re: Drug smuggler gets 9 years

I really think she made a genuine mistake.
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Old 04.08.2022, 19:27
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I really think she made a genuine mistake.
Do you? I read up on entry requirements when going abroad.
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That’s click bait, she had accidentally left vape cartridges in her bag …. and the Russians are using her for political bargaining.
And how is that different to literally 10s of thousands of US residents that have been imprisoned for similar accidents?

US drug laws are not forgiving.
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I really think she made a genuine mistake.
Maybe. Maybe not. But now she is nothing but "leverage". The public campaign in the US to free her was probably detrimental to her in that it just increased her "value" for the Russians.
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All for playing hoops in a shitty town in a shitty country.
Cannot agree more

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/03...arge-in-texas/
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And how is that different to literally 10s of thousands of US residents that have been imprisoned for similar accidents?

US drug laws are not forgiving.
and how does that make it any better? Why is every counter argument to Russia's behaviour " well the U.S. does it too"

Wrong is wrong, no matter who else does it.
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and how does that make it any better? Why is every counter argument to Russia's behaviour " well the U.S. does it too"

Wrong is wrong, no matter who else does it.
arresting drug dealers is wrong?

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arresting drug dealers is wrong?

I once held a joint for someone. Does that make me a drug dealer?

Weren't you banned or did you just make a new account because your last one had too much bad rep?
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Old 04.08.2022, 20:43
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Re: Drug smuggler gets 9 years

It makes no sense. Marijuana is just another Western addiction which is unused by healthy and patriotic Russian youth. If any they should let her go to continue poisoning the Western youth /s
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Does that make me a drug dealer?
Dunno... you tell me?

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Old 04.08.2022, 20:57
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Re: Drug smuggler gets 9 years

Well, it would be nice if Biden and Co. were making the same noises about others worldwide convicted and imprisoned for possession of small amounts of illegal substances.

I seriously doubt she is a drug smuggler or dealer but why should the Russians make an exception for her?
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Well, it would be nice if Biden and Co. were making the same noises about others worldwide convicted and imprisoned for possession of small amounts of illegal substances.

I seriously doubt she is a drug smuggler or dealer but why should the Russians make an exception for her?
I agree, I wish the U.S. would stop their disproportionate sentences for minor drug offences, esp for black people.

I highly doubt that 9 years is the normal sentence for having a few cartridges of cannabis oil. Anyone who's saying this isn't politically motivated is being intellectually dishonest.
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Old 04.08.2022, 23:08
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I seriously doubt she is a drug smuggler or dealer but why should the Russians make an exception for her?
Can someone be a dealer if no one buys?
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Old 05.08.2022, 09:36
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Can someone be a dealer if no one buys?
One would need to know what Russian law says. I believe in some jurisdictions simple possession is considered to be trafficking.

She has pleaded guilty, she did break the law.

OTOH is trading a basketball player (and a marine) for a real black hat a deal that anyone should be supporting? That guy is truly evil and will continue his dastardly deeds.
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Can someone be a dealer if no one buys?
Yes, it's the supply of "things", not the sale.

Edit - Depends on countries, I'm thinking UK
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Re: Drug smuggler gets 9 years

What I don't get about this situation is where her handlers/coaches/facilitators were. When we worked in the UAE, the first thing we gave employees and contractors who were flying in was a list of banned items and a stern warning. And it wasn't just recreational drugs. Fly into Dubai with crucifixes, sex toys, certain OTC medicines, a long list of Rx drugs, and any kind of cartoon or literature mildly antithetical to their religion, and it was instant prison-in-the-desert time. There was very little we could do to help them if something went wrong. One Swiss engineer "forgot" a little baggie of weed in his old jacket and ended up in the desert for 2 weeks and then deported. Where on earth were her people??
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