Brittney Griner lawyers appeal Russian drug conviction

The defense team of Brittney Griner, the US basketball star who served nine years in Russia on drug charges, has appealed her conviction on drug possession and trafficking charges, Griner’s attorney Maria Blagovolina told Reuters on Monday.

Griner, who had played for a Russian club, was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 after vape cartridges infused with cannabis were found in her luggage.

She pleaded guilty to the charges but said she made an “honest mistake” by entering Russia with cannabis oil, which is illegal in the country.

Greiner in prison.
Russia has admitted it is in talks with the US over a possible swap of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner.
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Brittney Griner in prison.
Griner is awaiting sentencing in the jail cell on August 4, 2022.
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She was sentenced on August 4.

The US government says Griner was wrongly arrested. She has offered to trade her for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States. Brittney Griner lawyers appeal Russian drug conviction


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