In a letter, Brittney Griner asks Biden to get her out of Russia

WNBA star Brittney Griner on Monday asked President Biden for help getting him released from Russia – saying, “I’m scared I might be here forever.”

In excerpts of a July 4 letter shared on social media, Griner told Biden, “I realize you’re dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other American inmates. “

“Please do whatever you can to get us home,” she reportedly wrote in a handwritten message.

“I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you.”

Griner, 31, also said: “Sitting here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey or any accomplishments, I fear that I could be here forever. ”

“On July 4th, our family typically honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father, who is a Vietnam War veteran,” she wrote.

“It hurts to think how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something very different to me this year.”

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom hearing in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia, on Friday, July 1, 2022.
Griner said she was afraid she could be trapped in Russia “forever”.
AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

The excerpts were released by a public relations firm, which said the entire letter was delivered to the White House on Monday.

Griner’s wife Cherelle has previously urged Biden to release her, saying last month that “it’s starting to feel like a no.”

President Joe Biden will address the newly approved COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
In a letter, Griner asked Biden not to forget her and the “other American inmates.”
AP/Susan Walsh

The 6-foot-9 center for the Phoenix Mercury was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 – a week before Russia invaded Ukraine – on suspicion of drug smuggling for allegedly having two cannabis oil vape cartridges in her had luggage.

On Friday, Griner appeared in court at the start of her trial in Khimki, a Moscow suburb, where prosecutors claimed she knew cannabis oil was illegal in Russia before entering the country to practice during the WNBA break in play for a Russian to play teams. Season.

The seven-time WNBA All-Star wore a white Jimi Hendrix T-shirt and laceless sneakers as she sat in a prisoner’s cage, a standard procedure in Russian courts, where more than 99 percent of criminal cases result in convictions.

Griner’s trial is scheduled to resume Thursday and she faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

In a prepared statement, Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said, “President Biden has made it clear that all U.S. citizens who are being held hostage or wrongly detained abroad must be released, including Brittney Griner.”

“The US government continues to work aggressively — by any means available — to bring them home,” Watson added. In a letter, Brittney Griner asks Biden to get her out of Russia


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