Russia Sentences 60-Something Former US Diplomat To 14 Years For Cannabis Possession

A Russian court has sentenced a former U.S. diplomat to 14 years in prison for "large-scale" smuggling.

Marc Fogel had previously worked at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, but was employed as an English teacher at the Anglo-American School in Moscow at the time of his arrest in August 2021. 

"The American citizen Fogel has been found guilty," a court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki announced in a statement. A news release said Fogel committed "large-scale drugs smuggling, large-scale illegal storage of drugs without a commercial purpose."

Fogel was sentenced in the same jurisdiction that is hearing the case against WNBA superstar Brittney Griner whose pre-trial detention was recently extended. Griner was detained in …

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