U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9½ years in Russia for drug possession, smuggling. Frida Ghitis: She was bowing to the reality that, in Russian courts, victory for prosecution is a foregone conclusion. She says she was throwing herself on the mercy of a court that had none, which is not surprising given that it is ultimately controlled by Putin. Ghitis says it's clear that she must come home, with both her well-being and essential national security interests preserved. The practical question that remains is how to obtain freedom for wrongfully detained Americans at the minimum price, politically and ethically, Ghitis writes. The risk is that if Ms. Griner and Mr. Whelan are essentially Mr. Putin’s hostages, which they are, then trading for them
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