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Brittney Griner to serve 9 years in Russian prison

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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a court room after her last words, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Closing arguments in Brittney Griner’s cannabis possession case are set for Thursday, nearly six months after the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport in a case that reached the highest levels of US-Russia diplomacy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

RUSSIA– WMBA star Brittney Griner was handed down her sentencing from the Russian authorities after she was arrested for possession of vape cartridges containing cannabis oil 6 months ago.

Griner pleaded guilty to smuggling drug products into Russia on July 7th and the month-long trial came to an end on Thursday when she received a sentence of 9 years in prison.

Russia’s drug policies are some of the strictest in the world and Russian prosecutors were asking for the maximum sentence of 10 years for Griner, despite the outcry from her friends, family, and US citizens.

The officers that arrested Griner claim the amount of cannabis oil was significant enough to consider her actions as “drug smuggling”, however, they have not released a statement specifying just how much it was.

The athlete has begged President Biden not to forget about her plight and fears that she will not be granted passage back to the US.

Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner has spoken with President Biden and Vice President Harris over the phone, who both assured her that they were doing all they could to bring her wife back home.

Now that the trial is over and the sentence issued, the US is under immense pressure to secure Griner’s release.