It has been months since WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia after she was accused of getting cannabis oil in her baggage. As her staff and the U.S. authorities continues to struggle to have her returned house, a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken out about Brittney’s detainment and says she is just not a hostage.
In an interview with NBC News, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Putin, spoke out towards the State Division’s claims that Brittney and being held, hostage. He says that’s not totally different from any of the “tons of and tons of of Russian residents that had been sentenced for carrying cannabis.” He then requested, “Why ought to we make an exemption for a overseas citizen?”
“She violated Russian regulation, and now she’s being prosecuted. It’s not about being a hostage. There are many Americans right here. They’re having fun with their freedoms … however it’s a must to obey the legal guidelines.”
Peskov’s interview with NBC comes because the Russian authorities locations a restraint on “journalists and limits what reporters can say underneath menace of imprisonment.”
When requested why Brittney wasn’t simply denied entry or despatched again house, Peskov mentioned that he couldn’t communicate on Russian regulation enforcement’s choice.
Though detained again in February, it wasn’t till final month that the U.S. authorities formally declared Brittney “wrongfully detained.” Final week, it was introduced that Brittney’s detention was prolonged as soon as once more for an extra 18 days, the place she is now anticipated to stay in Russian custody till at the least July 2nd.
Brittney’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, additionally spoke out about their anniversary name not taking place after her calls went unanswered. Brittney was reportedly given a quantity to name the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the place she would have been related to her spouse by somebody on the desk. Nonetheless, that didn’t occur as a result of the Embassy was “not staffed,” on the time.
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