On the face of it, it appears to be a poor trade. Bout is an international arms dealer, aka, Merchant of Death. Paul Whelan was apparently left behind.
Criminal doesn't really do justice describing what he did/was in the process of doing. He was seeking to acquire and sell anti-aircraft missiles to terrorist groups.Swapping a criminal for someone who (allegedly) was too stupid to avoid carrying a controlled substance into another country?
8:36 a.m. and I've already read the dumbest thing I'll read on the internet today. Good job 92i can’t for everyone to start talking about how stupid the wnba is again. /s
Saudi Crown Prince brokered deal to swap WNBA star Brittney Griner for Merchant of Death arms dealer Viktor Bout - who walked past each other on UAE airport tarmac - two days after America dropped Khashoggi lawsuit against the Saudi leader
So all the bad guys got what they wanted and we got a dumb a without enough situational awareness to realize now was a bad time to visit RussianBrittney Griner has reportedly been released from a Russian penal colony after the Biden Administration was able to reach a deal with the Kremlin on a prisoner swap.www.dailymail.co.uk