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[WATCH] POTUS and VP Speak to Brittney Griner’s Wife in Response to Written Plea to Free Her From Russian Prison

[WATCH] POTUS and VP Speak to Brittney Griner’s Wife in Response to Written Plea to Free Her From Russian Prison

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone Wednesday with Cherelle Griner, the wife of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is detained in a Russian prison, according to the White House. The President has also written a response to Brittney Griner’s handwritten letter, which he shared with her wife during the call.

The Phoenix Mercury star, who plays in Russia during the WNBA off-season, wrote in a letter delivered to President Biden on Monday that she is afraid that she could be detained in Russia indefinitely. “I’m terrified I might be here forever,” Griner wrote of her wrongful detainment.

Griner was arrested on February 17th at a Moscow airport, a week before Russia invaded Ukraine. Russian authorities claimed she had cannabis oil in her luggage and accused her of smuggling significant amounts of a narcotic substance, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She went on trial in a court near Moscow on Friday on drug smuggling charges.

Griner’s supporters and US officials say she has been wrongfully detained and have called for her release as fears mount that she is being used as a political pawn amid rising tensions between Russia and the US. The White House said President Biden “offered his support to Cherelle and Brittney’s family, and he committed to ensuring they are provided with all possible assistance while his administration pursues every avenue to bring Brittney home.”

President Biden also directed his team to remain in “regular contact” with Cherelle and Brittney Griner’s family.

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