Brittney Griner, Found Guilty On Drug Charges, Worried She Won’t Be Released From Prison Early

Joe Biden said no progress had been made with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Griner’s case.

Brittney Griner, former NBA star, is sentenced to nine years after being convicted of drug charges.

Griner hoped that she would get an early release but is now doubtful.

It is rare for Russia to issue early releases. They are known for participating in prisoner swaps that result in an early release.

Some feel Biden has not acted because Russian authorities treated Griner as a political pawn.

Griner’s lawyer, Alexandr D. Boykov, said, “She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to take her home. She is very worried about what the price of that will be, and she is afraid that she will have to serve the whole sentence here in Russia.”

White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said, “We need to see a serious counteroffer” about a prisoner swap.

Grinner is scheduled for an appeal hearing.

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The WNBA star was arrested in February at an airport in Moscow when customs officials said she was carrying vape cartridges containing hash oil. When Griner pleaded guilty to the drug charges, she explained she had “packed in a hurry.” She is in her ninth month of detention in Russia.

The hearing for Griner’s appeal is scheduled for October 25. Boykov is hopeful his client’s “unprecedented punishment” will be reduced given her admissions of guilt and personality traits.