Phillip Miles, of South Carolina, was sentenced by a Moscow court to more than three years in prison for smuggling hunting ammunition into Russia. He had brought a box of 20 rifle shells for a friend who had a Winchester rifle. Stupid to be sure, but three years?
Twenty .300 caliber cartridges hardly makes one an arm’s dealer, but Judge Olga Drozdova did not view the motivation as significant in reducing the sentence. She chose to sentence him under smuggling rather than simply the illegal possession of ammunition.”
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