American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia on charges of drug smuggling, wrote a letter to Joe Biden – in which she asks the US President to “do everything possible” for her release.
On July 1, Greiner appeared before a court in the Moscow region. In Russia, the athlete faces 10 years in prison. Earlier, the court extended her arrest until December 20.
“Sitting here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my family, friends, Olympic shirt or any accomplishments, I am terrified that I could stay here forever,” Greiner wrote in a letter to President Biden, excerpted of which were shared by its representatives.
“I understand that you are dealing with so many problems, but please don’t forget about me and other American detainees, do your best to get us home,” added Greiner. – I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. I still have so many good things to do with my freedom that you can help restore.”
The US National Security Council confirmed that the White House received the letter.
February 17 Greiner detained at Sheremetyevo Airport upon arrival from New York. In the luggage of the athletes, according to the investigation, cartridges with hash oil for electronic cigarettes were found. This substance is prohibited for circulation in Russia, but legal in some US states. A criminal case was opened against the basketball player under the article on drug smuggling.
Brittney Greiner plays for the Yekaterinburg women’s basketball club UMMC. As part of the US national team, she won the Olympic Games twice. May USA recognized Greiner was “wrongly detained” and her case was referred to the US President’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs.
Earlier, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said “there is no higher priority” than to bring home Greiner and other Americans “illegally detained” in other countries.