NBA fans must be interested in knowing what life was like for Brittney Griner when she was in a Russian prison. We initially didn’t know much about her whereabouts. However, on release, pictures of her time there have been made public.
Not many people know what prison is actually like. Let alone one in a country with a completely different lifestyle. With that being said, we should certainly take a look at these pictures and attempt to decipher them. After all, the United States exchanged a Russian criminal for the WNBA star. Therefore, they must have certainly felt that things were bad enough to warrant a prisoner swap.
Who is Viktor Bout, prisoner exchanged for Brittney Griner?
Viktor Bout is no ordinary criminal. In fact, he has been accused of dealing weapons, smuggling, and even terrorism. His acts have earned him the title “The Merchant of Death.” He was a high-value prisoner held by the United States since 2012. Additionally, he was sentenced to spend over 25 years in jail for his crimes.
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This is the man who has been released in order to bring Griner back to America. One must be wondering why the Biden administration went through all of this. Thus, looking at the pictures of Griner’s plight will help shed light on what she was truly saved from with this exchange.
As one can tell from the pictures, Brittney was clearly not given preferential treatment. She was made to cut her hair and wear prisoner clothes just like every other prisoner. She was also kept busy with the work to be done in both prisons and the penal camp.
The worst part for her must have been her unreal size. All of the facilities and equipment in the prison could not have assumed a female was close to 6 feet tall. However, as some of us know, Brittney Griner is listed as 6’9 and would simply look like an alien compared to the others.
That would have certainly produced a fair amount of hardship and discrimination. Especially the size of her bed, which appears way too small to hold someone of her size. However, we should still ask ourselves whether releasing the “Merchant of Death” is worth Griner’s return after facing hardship for less than a year.