Russian Court Jail Brittney Griner: A Russian court on Thursday sentenced American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for drug trafficking. At the same time, US President Joe Biden, while giving his response, has described the punishment given as one-sided and unacceptable.
According to the Russian court, the court has found the accused guilty of possessing a banned drug. Russian judge Anna Sotnikova sentenced 31-year-old Griner to nine years in prison in Moscow’s Khimki city and fined him one million rubles.
What did the US President say?
In his quick response to this, the US President said that Russia has wrongly detained Brittany. I appeal to Russia to release him immediately so that he can live with his wife, family, friends and his comrades. The US President said that he will do everything possible to bring Griner back. Griner’s trial gained momentum in recent days as the US and Russia discussed a possible prisoner swap.
When and why was Britney arrested?
In February 2022, Brittney Griner was detained at Moscow Airport when she was caught with some banned drugs in her luggage. It is worth noting that his arrest came just days before Russia launched an attack on Ukraine.