Brittney Griner: WNBA player wrongfully detained in Russia, says US regime

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russia has ‘wrongfully detained’ WNBA star Brittney Griner, the United States said on Tuesday. Phoenix Mercury centre Griner, 31, was detained at Moscow airport on 17 February on drug charges. The US Department of State said the safety of American citizens is among their ‘highest priorities’. ‘The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained US citizen Brittney Griner’, said a spokesperson. The White House’s finding represents a step-up in efforts to free Griner more than two months after she was seized in the Russian capital. Griner has played for a Russia team during the WNBA off-season since 2015. A two-time Olympic gold medallist, WNBA champion and seven-time WNBA All-Star, Griner is widely regarded as the best female basketballer of all time. She was detained after being stopped with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is illegal in Russia, in her luggage.” (05/03/22)