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Russian court sentences American basketball player to nine years in prison

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To: 04/08/2022 17:49

For months, American basketball player Griner was detained in Russia: because of hash oil and smoke cartridges in her luggage. According to Russia, she has now been sentenced to nine years in prison.

A Russian court has sentenced American basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for illegal drug possession. This was reported by the Russian agency Tas from the court in Chimki near Moscow. Griner did the act knowingly.

The athlete has been detained for five and a half months. She reportedly had vape cartridges and hash oil with her when checking her luggage in Sheremetyevo in February. They say it was 0.5 grams of marijuana – it’s banned in Russia. Griner pleaded guilty about a month ago.

matter of political importance

The United States accuses Russia of a politically motivated lawsuit against Griner. US President Joe Biden promised to help Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, in a phone call in early July. A phone call between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov also raised the possibility of a prisoner exchange, with the help of which the athlete should be released.

Griner played for Russian team UMMC Yekaterinburg for several years. She won the Euroleague four times with the best club. She is considered one of the best basketball players in the WNBA American women’s professional league. She won the championship with the Phoenix Mercury in 2014, with the US national team she won two Olympic gold medals and two world championship gold medals.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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