Russia: Former U.S Diplomat Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Russia: Former US Diplomat Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Possessing Medicinal Cannabis

Fogel was sentenced in the same jurisdiction that is handling the case against WNBA superstar Brittney Griner, whose pretrial detention was recently extended. Griner was arrested in February upon entering Russia for allegedly having vaping cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage.

In addition to Griner, there are several Americans detained in Russian prisons, and vice versa.

In April, the United States traded former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, sentenced by a Russian court to nine years in prison for violence, for a Russian pilot who had been in a U.S. jail since 2010.

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.