The United States is ready to take “extraordinary measures” to free basketball player Brittney Griner, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Las Vegas. Brittney Griner was sentenced in Russia to nine years in prison for drug smuggling.
“She didn’t have to go through this ordeal. We want her to come home. This is an obligation that the administration has. We will take extraordinary measures to do this,” said Ms. Jean-Pierre (quoted from The Michigan Chronicle).
American Brittney Griner, who has been playing for the Yekaterinburg UMMC since 2015, was detained in mid-February at Sheremetyevo Airport, where she arrived from New York. Vapes with cannabis oil were found in her luggage. As Kommersant reported, Washington offered to exchange Brittney Griner and another American, Paul Whelan, convicted in the Russian Federation, for Russian Viktor Bout, who is serving time in the United States. Bloobberg sources claimed that Russia is demanding that Vladislav Klyushin, a Russian convicted of cybercrimes in the United States, be included in the prisoner exchange scheme. According to CNN, Russia allegedly demanded that a life sentence for the murder of Vadim Krasikov, who is serving a life sentence in Germany, be included in the exchange.
About the verdict of the basketball player – in the material “Kommersant” “Brittney Greiner was sentenced to an exchange.”