Basketball star Brittney Griner fears spending the rest of her days in a Russian prison

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NBA star Brittney Griner, 31, was arrested last February on suspicion of “large-scale drug smuggling” at Russia’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, just days before the country began the invasion of Ukraine.

The customs authorities maintain that vaping cartridges containing hashish oil, a marijuana concentrate, were found in his luggage, and since then he had remained in custody pending the initiation of a trial that finally began on July 1, after a 130-day lockdown.

The basketball player faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison and this July 4, coinciding with the celebration of Independence Day in the United States, she has written an open letter to President Joe Biden in which she begs him that “he does not forget her” in exchange for the trust he placed in him when he gave him his vote the first time he participated in an election in 2020.

“As I sit in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, my family, my friends, my Olympic jersey or any other achievement, I am terrified of the possibility of staying here forever. On the 4th of July , our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a veteran of the Vietnam war It pains me to think about how I usually celebrate this day, because this year freedom means something completely different to me “, says the letter.

After the first day of the trial, which will resume on the 7th, Griner’s lawyer did not want to share too many details about the position of his client, who has been caught in the middle of the tensions between Russia and the United States. United by the sanctions that the West has imposed on the country for the war in Ukraine.

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The Olympic gold medalist, who is married to a school teacher named Cherelle, is a seven-time All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Griner is sorry for all the pain they have endured from her since her arrest and has thanked Joe Biden in advance for anything she can do at this time to get her back home.

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