Víktor Bout arrives in Moscow after being traded for American basketball participant Brittney Griner

Russian arms seller Viktor Bout, freed in trade for American basketball participant Brittney Griner, is already in Moscow. The arrival of the Bout airplane, generally known as the service provider of dying, was broadcast reside on Russian public tv. His spouse Alla and his mom Raisa had been ready for him on the Moscow airport. An emotional reunion during which Bout, thought of the largest arms seller on this planet, assures that “every part is okay”.

The reporter reporting on the bottom requested the launched prisoner how he discovered concerning the commerce with Griner, and Bout informed him it got here as a whole shock to him. “They woke me up at night time and informed me to arrange my issues to exit. There was no particular prior data,” he stated.

Bout was serving a 25-year jail sentence within the US for arms trafficking, whereas basketball star Griner was arrested in February and sentenced in August to 9 years in jail in Russia on drug possession and smuggling expenses. The trade of Bout for Griner happened this Thursday within the United Arab Emirates.

Griner, 32, is flying to the United States. “He is secure, he’s on a airplane,” President Joe Biden stated Thursday on the White House. “She is on her manner house after months of being wrongfully detained in Russia, underneath insupportable circumstances. Brittany will quickly be again within the arms of her family members.”

Griner’s airplane is scheduled to land in San Antonio, within the state of Texas, all through this Friday.