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FutureStarrHow Can Brittney Griner Be Freed From Russian Detention?
Despite her arrest, the U.S. State Department is still silent on how to free the singer from her detention in Russia. The State Department is refusing to comment on her detention but it's clear the American singer has been "political prisoner" for over a year. We need to speak up to demand her release. Here are some steps to take in her favor.
The U.S. government has renewed its efforts to secure the release of Brittney Griner, who was arrested on drug charges in Russia last February. The Russian authorities have now extended Griner's pre-trial detention by 30 days, a shorter timeframe than expected. She faces a 10-year prison sentence for possession of THC-laden oil, which the Russian government denies. Despite the short extension, the U.S. State Department has declared Griner a "wrongful detainee" and is working to secure her release.
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken must now approve Griner's designation as a hostage and transfer responsibility for her release to a special envoy. Although some supporters worried that the case would become political, most W.N.B.A. players are generally supportive of Griner. Government officials have said little about the case, but they have been criticized for not being more vocal.
The U.S. State Department has declared Brittney Griner's arrest as a "wrongful detention." This means that the United States is willing to be more active in negotiations to secure Griner's release. Despite the difficulties of securing her release, Griner is a global citizen who has used her fame to help others. She has been a star for Russian EuroLeague Club UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2016. Her team has won seven Russian League championships and four EuroLeague Women's titles.
The case has also been compared to the case of Paul Whelan, a former Marine who was arrested while visiting a friend in Moscow. He was later sentenced to 16 years in prison on fabricated espionage charges. His family says that the charges against him were fabricated. They were reunited with their families after a prisoner swap.
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The seven-time All-Star center for the Phoenix Mercury is being held in Russia, despite denying all charges. Russian authorities claim she had cannabis vape cartridges hidden in her luggage. Griner is a powerful cultural symbol, and her case could be leverage against Putin. A hashtag urging for Griner's release has started trending on Twitter, and Hillary Clinton has tweeted her support.
While it's possible that Griner will not serve a prison sentence, the Russian government is likely making a big deal out of her arrest. She's a valuable bargaining chip in any power struggle and her future could become collateral damage. But this is a different kind of victim, and the United States should do whatever it takes to free her. The United States and her allies need to get the ball rolling and get Griner home to America.
In the meantime, it will take months for Brittney Griner to appear before a judge, and she's been dragged on state television. It isn't clear if she will ever see a judge, but her mugshot has been paraded on Russian state TV. Russia's case is far from over, and her plight has only been highlighted as a bargaining chip in the ongoing economic and political war between the two countries.
The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully held in Russia and that the United States will move more aggressively to secure her release. Her arrest in February was a result of drug charges, which were not substantiated by evidence. Russian authorities claim that Griner was caught carrying hashish oil in a vape cartridge.
Although Griner has been in Russian custody since February 17 and may be detained for two months more, the United States is moving the case from the Justice Department to a section of the State Department focused on negotiating for the release of wrongfully detained Americans. In addition to shifting the case, her agent has urged the White House to do whatever it takes to bring her home safely. In addition to her agent, President Joe Biden's administration has faced intense pressure to make Griner's release a top priority.
While playing college basketball, Griner suffered with a long history of taunts, elbows, and double and triple-teams. She responded by trash-talking and chest-thumping. Once, during her freshman year at Texas Tech, Griner let her temper get the better of her and punched an opposing player in retaliation for a hard foul.
In a recent decision, the U.S. government reclassified Brittney Griner from a political prisoner to a wrongful detainee. Under federal law, a detainee may be granted freedom when his or her detention is based on nationality or lack of due process. Paul Whelan, another unjustly detained American, was arrested last December in Russia while attending a friend's wedding. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of espionage.
After her arrest in February, a court in Moscow ruled that Griner be held until May 19. The singer, a seven-time All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, was taken into custody after the Russian Federal Customs Service discovered marijuana concentrate hashish oil in her luggage. Now, she is under criminal investigation for large-scale transportation of drugs, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in Russia. Her team issued a statement supporting her release in early March, but it was unclear whether a formal discussion would take place.
Although Griner has made no public comments since her arrest on March 17, the United States government plans to launch a long-drawn battle to return her home country. In the meantime, American politicians have shown only limited reaction to Griner's situation. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who has expressed support for Griner, has called for her release and asked the State Department to make her case a priority.
While the United States government has ignored issues involving Black women, LGBTQ people, and intersectional people, this one case is a rare exception. In contrast, when a case involving white male, non-public figures, and male citizens is investigated, the U.S. government will respond. What will happen with Griner now? Will we see her in court? This is an issue that needs to be resolved.
As a result of the bipartisan efforts of U.S. and WNBA officials, Griner's detention in Russia has been extended until May 19, when she will have a hearing. Her legal team has been in contact with her throughout the process. However, there is no word on a trial date. It may be years before Griner is released. And although the Biden administration has been supportive of Griner, it has not been a surprise to see her in jail.
Although Griner's release is a victory for humanitarian causes, it won't affect her case in any immediate way. The Russians are at war with Ukraine, and their relations with the U.S. have dropped to the lowest levels since the Cold War. While the United States and Russia remain at odds, they have not formally declared a war. While Griner's case is different from Reed's, and it has yet to wind its way through the Russian court system.
The American government is planning to launch a lengthy court battle to secure Griner's release. Despite the heightened pressure on Griner to come home, American politicians have been largely silent. Three members of congress, however, have publicly expressed support for the star. Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, in particular, has called on the State Department to prioritize Griner's case.
U.S. lawmakers are planning a long battle to secure the return of basketball icon Brittney Griner. In a statement, the Biden administration said Griner was wrongfully detained and is entitled to return home. It has also enlisted the help of the WNBA to have Griner's case resolved. Though the Russian government has not publicly discussed Griner's case, it has characterized her case as criminal, but has made no political associations. Despite the fact that there is no clear reason for the Russian government to free Griner, the outpouring of support for the athlete is only growing. Many fans have criticized the lack of response from American officials, while others feel there is a gender imbalance in professional sports.
According to US officials, the WNBA star is a global icon and can be freed from her Russian detention. The United States will continue to pursue the wrongful detention of Griner, and she is an iconic basketball player who has used her platform to help people across the world. Her arrest in Russia is a disgrace for the international basketball community and has only served to increase its resentment.
While the Russian government is attempting to hide the fact that Griner is being held in a prison, her lawyer is urging the court to intervene and make it a priority to help her. The State Department is aware of the case and is working with the media to get access to the star. This move will help her fight the charges and ensure her freedom.
The arrest of Black queer American singer Brittney Griner in Russia has prompted speculation that Russia may be using her as a political prisoner. She is a Black queer woman living in a patriarchal country, and her arrest has drawn the ire of U.S. politicians and political pundits alike. She is also a target of white nationalists. Her arrest may be seen as a bargaining chip for Russian wartime maneuvers in the region.
A harrowing phone call in Cherelle Griner's Moscow apartment last week alerted Cherelle to an emergency call. She immediately asked who the caller was and who had placed the call. She was told that Brittney was in Russian custody, and that the authorities were preparing to seize her phone. However, she never received her last message.
While Griner is a well-known entertainer and songwriter, her case is unique and deserves more attention. In the end, her life and future may be at stake. The Russian government's stance towards Griner's case is complicated and uncertain, but a U.S.-Russian summit is the best hope for her freedom. A diplomatic agreement would allow Griner to continue her work as a singer.
While the United States is deeply concerned for the welfare of the seven-time WNBA All-Star, the Russian government is doing all it can to free her. As of now, Griner is being held in Russia's prison without charge for possession of cannabis oil in a vape cartridge. The United States government has been denied the right to see her. The US government is currently requesting a court order for Griner's release.
Apparently, the American basketball star was not the only one detained by Russian customs officials. It's not a new trend - millions of people use vape pens to consume hash oil. But if Griner was a drug trafficker, she could have been in trouble. The Customs Service says that Griner's detainment was due to "large-scale transportation of drugs." A conviction for drug trafficking carries a 10-year prison sentence in Russia.
Griner's detention will remain until May 19 to allow her legal team to investigate the matter further. However, the actress's family isn't giving up hope. Their legal team has been in contact with Griner frequently. Meanwhile, Griner's booking photo was shown on Russian state television. In it, Griner leans against a wall holding a white piece of paper with her name written on it. The photo was taken at the police station in Moscow.
As part of the investigation, it's unknown whether Griner's arrest was related to her professional basketball career. The WNBA is not responsible for the incident, but it's still a shame for a young star who has been playing basketball overseas. Earlier this year, Griner was detained in Russia for being caught with hashish oil in her luggage.
Despite the fact that cannabis is legal in many parts of the world, it's still illegal to possess hashish oil in the United States. Nonetheless, WNBA star Brittney Griner remains in Russian custody and faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. The WNBA star's agent did not deny the arrest, however.
U.S. singer Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on drug trafficking charges. A court in Moscow extended her pretrial detention until May 19, denying her request to be placed under house arrest. While her 6-foot-9 frame makes the jail cell bed too small for her, she complained about the conditions during her stay. She was arrested last week by the Russian Federal Customs Service, but her exact date of arrest was never disclosed. But Texas Congressman Colin Allred has contacted the Russian state department and confirmed that Griner is being held.
The U.S. and Russia have made a pact in which the U.S. will release two women with no criminal records in exchange for the singer's release. The deal was reached last month, and U.S. diplomats attended the hearing and spoke to Griner's legal team. The Biden administration said it was committed to Griner's release.
The United States government plans to begin a drawn-out battle with Russia to release Griner and the other women. Although American politicians have been relatively mute on the matter, there are three U.S. congress members who publicly supported Griner. Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called for Griner's release. But Griner's detention raises concerns for women who are not involved in illegal drug trafficking.
The WNBA star could face up to 10 years in jail if she is found guilty of bringing drugs into Russia. The US has imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, and Griner may become a "high profile hostage" in this situation. She's now being held in a pretrial detention center near Moscow. The Russian government has released a photo of the WNBA star and a video of customs checking her bag. A member of the Public Monitoring Commission who oversees prisons in the country, Ekaterina Kalugina, told the Russian State TV that Griner's only complaint was that the beds were too short.
The WNBA season begins on May 6 and Griner's wife continues to express her hurt and dismay as the basketball star continues to be detained in Russia. The WNBA star, who has been in detention for more than three weeks, has been playing basketball in Russia since 2014-15, where she is earning over $1 million a season. If she was playing in the U.S., she would earn at least $500,000.
More than half of WNBA players play overseas in their offseason. This winter, more than a dozen players played in Russia and Ukraine, and Griner, a seven-time All-Star, is set to earn a supermax salary of $227,900. But if the Russian league's salary cap is anything to go by, Griner is already earning nearly $1 million more than her WNBA salary.
A video showing the athlete going through airport security has surfaced revealing that she was smuggling hashish oil. The video shows her going through security with vape cartridges and hashish oil in her luggage. She was traveling from New York to Russia. Her lawyers are demanding her release and the WNBA has demanded that Griner be released. However, many have questioned whether this arrest is related to the fact that she was a prominent gay Black woman.
The WNBA star was arrested in February after being caught in a Moscow airport. According to Russian authorities, Griner was caught in possession of vape cartridges that contained oil derived from cannabis. Possession of cannabis oil carries a ten-year prison sentence. Although Griner is an American citizen, the case has gotten the attention of the Russian media. The United States Embassy in Moscow did not respond to requests for comment.