Brittney Griner timeline: What has happened since the WNBA star was detained
WNBA star Brittney Griner remains wrongfully detained, according to the United States government. Here is a timeline of the major moments in her case.The two-time Olympic gold medal winner and eight-time WNBA All-Star is being "wrongfully detained," according to the United States government by Russia on charges of bringing vape cartridges filled with hashish oil in her luggage while returning to play for her professional team there.
© Saul Loeb, Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken poses with the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov before a meeting on the sidelines of the ministerial summit of the ministerial summit of Arctic council, in Reykjavik (Iceland), on May 19, 2021.
The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken will offer his counterpart Sergei Lavrov to exchange American basketball players Brittney Griner and an ex-soldier for a trafficker D 'Russian weapons. The war in Ukraine will not be the subject of negotiations.
For the first time since the start of the War in Ukraine , a high-level discussion will take place in the coming days between the United States and the Russia . The head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, will distinguish himself by telephone to negotiate a exchange of prisoners. Prisoners that they accuse each other of holding political ends. The subject will be there, according to Antony Blinken, who hastens to specify that this conversation is not intended to decide anything on the situation in Ukraine. Any negotiation on Ukraine belongs to its people and it is up to its people to decide , he warned.
US basketball star Griner testifies at Russia drug trial
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner testified Wednesday at her drug trial in Russia that a language interpreter translated only a fraction of what was said during her questioning and officials instructed her to sign documents without providing an explanation. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February. She acknowledged in court earlier this month that she had vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage when she arrived in Russia but contends she had no criminal intent and packed the cartridges inadvertently.
According to American media, the United States will offer Russia to exchange the basketball player Brittney Griner and the ex-soldier Paul Whelan against Viktor Bout. The Russian weapon dealer, nicknamed the death merchant and whose journey inspired the film Lord of War on a cynical trafficker in arms, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison in the United States. He was found guilty of wanting to sell an arsenal of rifles and missiles worthy of an army, and intended to kill Americans.
A White House spokesperson has neither informed nor confirmed the name of the Russian prisoner likely to be released. He was content to emphasize that they were delicate negotiations and that he hoped that Russia will discuss [this offer] favorably.
U.S. made 'substantial' offer for Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia
WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on drug charges since traveling to the country in February.CNN reported that the U.S. offered Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer nicknamed "The Merchant of Death," for the prisoner swap. A prisoner swap freed former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed from a Russian penal colony in April.
Brittney Griner, 31, is currently tried in Moscow for drug addict. The double Olympic champion risks up to ten years in prison for having been arrested, on February 17, in possession of a vapoteuser and a liquid similar to cannabis oil. His arrest, a few days before the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, was it a means for the Russians to give themselves some assurance by retaining a celebrity on hand? As for former soldier Paul Whelan, sentenced to sixteen years in prison for espionage, he has been detained since 2018 and continues to proclaim his innocence.
Antony Blinken may say that the discussion with Sergei Lavrov will focus on the destiny of these prisoners wrongly arrested, he still intends to evoke with him the Russian-Ukrainian agreement on the export of cereals . He seems to want to make sure that this agreement concluded last week in Istanbul, to unlock the 25 million tonnes of cereals trapped in Ukrainian ports, is respected by Russia.
It is to be hoped that this telephone exchange between the two men is not in vain, as had the case on February 15, when Antony Blinken had warned Moscow against an invasion of Ukraine. Nine days later, Russia was carrying out its plan.
WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years .
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow. The 31-year-old Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and a eight-time all-star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, listened with a blank expression as an interpreter translated the verdict by Judge Anna Sotnikova, but her lawyers said later she was “very upset.” Griner also was fined 1 million rubles (about $16,700). U.S.