TOPSHOT - US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on June 27, 2022. - Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
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  • President Biden has responded to Brittney Griner’s nine-year prison sentence in Russia, calling it “unacceptable”.
  • In a statement posted shortly after the verdict was delivered, Biden said Griner was being wrongfully detained and called on Russia to “release her immediately”.
  • He also promised the White House would “continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”
  • According to reports, the U.S. and Russia have been discussing a prisoner swap that would trade Griner and Whelan for notorious arms dealer Victor Bout.
  • What’s your prediction for Griner?  Will a prisoner swap happen quickly, or will Russia try to up the price some more?
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  • WNBA star Brittney Griner has been found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison on drug smuggling charges in Russia.
  • Griner was convicted in a Moscow courtroom on Thursday, nearly six months after she was arrested for possession of cannabis oil vape canisters in her luggage.
  • Griner’s attorneys claimed that she had brought the vapes by accident and had no criminal intent.  Griner told the courtroom “I never meant to break any laws here”.
  • This is a developing story.  Check with TopicPulse for more updates.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 06: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury during the first half in Game Four of the 2021 WNBA semifinals at Footprint Center on October 06, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 27, 2022. – Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)