Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug smuggling during his trial in Russia on Thursday. In February, the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport for possession of liquid marijuana.
American basketball player Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges at a trial on Thursday after she was arrested at a Moscow airport in February for possession of liquid marijuana. “I wish to plead guilty to all charges,” she told the court, adding that she “had no intention of violating Russian law.”
trial USA women’s basketball star Britney Greenner The drug-smuggling case, which opened behind closed doors in Russia on Friday, has strong political connotations given the level of confrontation between Russia and the United States.
Phoenix Mercury players came to Russia in February to play there during the U.S. offseason, a common practice among basketball players who sometimes earn more abroad than at home. According to the charges, the man, who won two Olympic gold medals with the United States (2016, 2020), was arrested after she arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and was arrested for possession of e-cigarettes and cannabinoid liquids.
U.S. authorities initially kept a low profile on his case, which was not revealed to the public until March 5. The top Washington authorities took up the case against the backdrop of continued deteriorating relations between Russia and the United States, particularly the conflict in Ukraine. And says Russia ‘unfairly’ detained 2m03 31-year-old star.
His case was handled by the U.S. envoy dealing with the hostages being taken. Given Russia’s case law in similar cases, the young woman should have received a heavy sentence to serve in a Russian penal colony. She faces up to 10 years in prison.
these last few days, grinning Wrote a handwritten letter to the White House directly asking Joe Biden to step in to restore her freedom. Representatives of WNBA stars shared several clips.
“I’m afraid to stay here forever. I know you’ve dealt with so much, but please don’t forget me and the other prisoners. Please do your best to send us home. I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you “I believe in you. I still have a lot to do with my freedom and you can help recover. I miss my wife. I miss my family. I miss my teammates,” she wrote specifically.