Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Brittney Griner Reclassified as Wrongfully Detained in Russia

Nearly three months ago WNBA player Britney Griner was detained at the airport in Moscow after agents allegedly found vape pens and cannabis oil in her luggage [click here if you missed that]. 

Now Griner has been re-classified as “wrongfully detained..."

From ESPN 

The U.S. government now considers WNBA star Brittney Griner to be "wrongfully detained" by the Russian government, signaling a significant shift in how officials will try to get her home.
"The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is among the highest priorities of the U.S government," the State Department said. 
"The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner.
"... The U.S. government will continue to undertake efforts to provide appropriate support to Ms. Griner."