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Brittney Griner Convicted in Russia for drugs

Brittney Griner is sentenced to 9 years in prison for alleged drug possession and smuggling in Russia.

On Thursday , she was convicted to 9 years in a Russian prison. Because of that, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally scheduled to begin in South Dakota on the 5th of August, is surely not on her mind right now.

An politically influenced conviction

The basketball player was arrested in February this year. Indeed there was a hearing and a trial but the verdict and sentence were inevitable. However , it is obvious from the very beginning that her case is directly influenced by geopolitical tensions as well. The Russian federation is now in a position to execute a prisoner swap with the United states.

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner

A presidential action

Current Biden Administration can not let this drag for the duration of 9 years. Both sides will have more to gain if they make a deal. Regardless, the price Griner is paying is currently 5 months detention in Russia. No matter when the prisoner swap will be negotiated, she will live with this experience the rest of her life. It will change her.

Griner has always been a different player than most : she is 6’9″, taller than any superstars, blessed and cursed with her unique talent that seems to make her capable of doing anything. Considering the upcoming Russian detention, getting used to American life again will be difficult. The star is known to be a bit of a daredevil.

Every day spent in Russian detention will add to the challenge difficulty for re-acclamation when she comes home. Chances are, it would not last 9 years but it’s already been a few months.

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• How Russia Pushed the WNBA to a Crossroads
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