President Joe Biden slammed a Russian court on Thursday for U.S. women’s basketball player Brittney Griner was given a nine-year prison sentence. After finding her guilty of illegally importing cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia.
On Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent thousands of troops into Ukraine, triggering a new post-Cold War low in U.S Russian relations. It wasn’t long after her arrest in mid-February that Griner became embroiled in a global controversy.
It was Griner’s honest mistake to have Hashish oil in the vape cartridges. To avoid “ending her life” in prison, she made an emotional plea before the jury before sobbing openly during the deliberation process. The court also imposed a 1 million ruble fine on her.
Russia was summoned to promptly release Griner and promised that his government will continue its efforts for her release.
Brittney Griner, a citizen of the United States, received a reminder of Russia’s wrongdoing when she was sentenced to a year in prison today, Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement.
Grindr’s legal team has confirmed her medical use of marijuana, as well as her absence from Russia. They requested an acquittal or the lightest penalty possible for Griner.
In February, Russian officials apprehended Griner at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after discovering Vaporizer canisters containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage.
Two-time Olympic gold winner and current Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner acknowledged that the canisters belonged to her. She claimed she accidentally brought them to Russia as she hurriedly packed her luggage.
That’s why I’m here,” she replied, apologizing for her actions. “I never intended to jeopardies the lives of the Russian people.” I had no intention of breaking any laws while I was in this situation..