WNBA star Griner asks Biden to get her out of Russian jail

FILE - WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 27, 2022. U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner is set to go on trial in a Moscow-area court Friday July 1. The proceedings that are scheduled to begin Friday come about 4 1/2 months after she was arrested on cannabis possession charges at an airport while traveling to play for a Russian team. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

FILE – WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

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UPDATED 8:38 AM PT – Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Basketball player Brittney Griner wrote a tearful letter to President Joe Biden after being arrested in Russia. In that letter, which was delivered to the White House on Monday, Griner said she’s sitting in a Russian jail and she’s afraid she may stay there forever.

The basketball star also stressed she voted for Biden in 2020 and she’s calling on the President to help her get out of jail. Her plea for help came after she was arrested on February 17 at a Moscow airport after customs officials allegedly found hashish oil in her luggage.

Her trial began last week and Russian officials have claimed Griner’s rights are protected under Russian Federation laws and she’s getting diplomatic support.

“I did have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Griner in the courtroom,” said Elizabeth Ruth, Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy in Moscow. “She is doing as well as can be expected in these difficult circumstances, and she asked me to convey that she is in good spirit and is keeping up the faith.”

According to Russian law, smuggling of controlled substances is punishable by up to three-years behind bars depending on the circumstances of the offense.

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