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President Joe Biden Speaks Out After Brittany Griner’s Guilty Verdict and 9-Year Sentence: “It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately”
Thursday, Aug 4, 2022
President Joe Biden speaks out after US WNBA star Brittney Griner was found guilty in a Russian court and sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony—just one year shy of the 10 years prosecutors requested—for cannabis possession.
President Biden called Griner’s sentence “unacceptable” and sent Russia a call to action to release her immediately.
“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates,” Biden shared in a statement. “My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible,” CNN reports.