Bout, also known as the “Merchant of Death”, ran a fleet of aging Soviet-era cargo planes to conflict-ridden hotspots in Africa. His life is the inspiration for the film “Lord of War” which stars Nicolas Cage.
A State Department spokesperson has emphasized that President Biden is focused on bringing U.S. nationals detained in Russia back home to the US.
Griner was seen in the courtroom in handcuffs wearing an orange hoodie. And the hood covered her head and most of her face.
“With this determination, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner’s release.”