American teacher sentenced to 14 years in Russian maximum security prison

An American teacher who was arrested at a Moscow airport last summer has been sentenced to 14 years in a maximum-security Russian prison.Russian officials say the video shows the detention of Marc Fogel at the Moscow airport as security staff find what they describe as large-scale cannabis in his luggage.Fogel told his lawyers he was using medical marijuana after undergoing spinal surgery and that he didn’t know medical marijuana is illegal in Russia, according to previous news reports.Fogel’s arrest occurred in the same Russian jurisdiction where WNBA star Brittney Griner is also facing a marijuana-related criminal trial.Fogel is a former employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and was teaching at the Anglo-American school in Moscow.Related video: WNBA’s Griner unable to talk to wife from RussiaFogel grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Butler High School in the 1970s.

An American teacher who was arrested at a Moscow airport last summer has been sentenced to 14 years in a maximum-security Russian prison.

Russian officials say the video shows the detention of Marc Fogel at the Moscow airport as security staff find what they describe as large-scale cannabis in his luggage.

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Fogel told his lawyers he was using medical marijuana after undergoing spinal surgery and that he didn’t know medical marijuana is illegal in Russia, according to previous news reports.

Fogel’s arrest occurred in the same Russian jurisdiction where WNBA star Brittney Griner is also facing a marijuana-related criminal trial.

Fogel is a former employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and was teaching at the Anglo-American school in Moscow.

Related video: WNBA’s Griner unable to talk to wife from Russia

Fogel grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Butler High School in the 1970s.

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