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Brittney Griner’s detention moved to July 2, Russian State Media reports

Brittney Griner’s detention moved to July 2, Russian State Media reports

Jun 17
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A Russian court extended the detention for Brittany Griner through at least July 2, according to ABC News, which cited reporting from TASS. Her detention was extended at “the request of the investigation,” according to a representative from the Khimki Court of the Moscow Region, per TASS.

Griner was arrested in February at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities claimed she took cannabis oil in her luggage, charging her with smuggling a considerable quantity of a narcotic, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

On May 13, a judge refused a request to put her under house arrest.

“We are on Day 116 since BG has been wrongfully detained,” said Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard, before adding: “She is our teammate, She is an American and we want her returning home.”

Griner is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time.

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Griner has been detained in a Russian prison for 116 days, more than three months. She was in Russia in February to play basketball for the Russian Premier League team UMMC Ekaterinburg during the offseason when she was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow for allegedly having vape cartridges in her luggage that contained hashish oil — an illegal substance in Russia. The Russian prison system “ain’t no picnic.”

What Is our government doing?

Mercury’s Brittany Griner (42) high-fives Diana Taurasi (3) as they head to the locker room at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. on Aug. 19, 2018.
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State Department spokesperson Ned Price said last month that a US consular officer was able to meet with Griner on May 19.  Price said the officer “found her continuing to do as well as could be expected under these exceedingly challenging circumstances.”

Griner’s wife Cherelle told ESPN that she requested a meeting with President Joe Biden, but she has not yet spoken to him.

“If he is the person that can get my person back, I would love to meet him,” Cherelle said. “I have requested a meeting with him. I hope he accepts in the near future to meet with me because I want my person back. I feel every second that BG is not here. Most people are counting by the days, but it’s not days for me.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, (a top Russian diplomat) was heard saying that Moscow will not consider including Griner in a detainee swap “until a court investigation into her case is completed. according to Tass, and was responding to US media reports that the Biden administration had offered to exchange convicted arms trader Viktor Bout for Griner. “

In support of Griner, Phoenix Mercury reports that team and coaching staff met with State Department officials and Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., while in Washington, DC. recently.

"Our position for some time on this has been very clear. Brittney Griner should not be detained. She should not be detained for a single day longer."

- Ned Price

Good thing this is 2022 and there are no more gulags

The gut-wrenching system of forced labor camps was first established in the Soviet Union after the Russian Civil War. By the 1950s, the Gulags would stretch across the entirety of the Soviet Union’s territory. It was arguably one of the darkest periods of 20th-century history.

"She's our teammate, she's an American and we want her back home."

- Vanessa Nygaard

Diana Taurasi says "We're here to do whatever we can to amplify and keep BG at the forefront, which is more important than any basketball game and anything else that's going on in our lives," via daialnahar.com
  • Brittney Griner

    Brittney Yevette Griner is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association .

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  • Phoenix Mercury

    The Phoenix Mercury are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association .

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  • Diana Taurasi

    Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association .

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