Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that he is open to a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss a possible prisoner swap involving American basketball star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whalen, who was convicted of espionage in 2018.
Following this week’s offer, the U.S. government proposed trading convicted Russian arms dealer and former KGB agent Viktor Bout.
As the NY Times put it: “One is perhaps the world’s most notorious arms dealer, a man known as the 'Merchant of Death' who sold weapons to terrorists, rebels and militants around the world before finally being hunted down and locked up for conspiring to kill Americans. The other is a basketball player who got caught with a little hashish oil.”
Why Viktor Bout?
Bout, once among the world’s most wanted men, was the fictional subject of the 2005 movie “Lord of …