WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug-smuggling

News August 4, 2022 News
WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug-smuggling

From CNN by Anna Chernova, Zahra Ullah, Masha Angelova, Chris Liakos and Eric Levenson, CNN

American women's basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of deliberately smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced to nine years of jail time Thursday in a case that has raised concerns she is being used as a political pawn in Russia's war against Ukraine.

The harsh sentence comes amid the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the country's saber-rattling with the US and Europe. The US State Department maintains Griner is wrongfully detained, and US officials have offered a potential prisoner swap with Russia in an attempt to bring her home safely.

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