The Kremlin denies that the basketball player Griner is “hostage” of the Russian Justice

The spokesman for KremlinDmitri Peskov, denied this Monday that the imprisoned American basketball player Brittney Griner be a hostage of the Russian judicial system.

We can’t call him a hostage. Why should we call him a hostage? He broke Russian law. Now they are criminally persecuting herPeskov said in an interview with the MSNBC channel.

Peskov denied that with the remand imprisonment of Griner Russia send a “horrible message” to the world. In the opinion of the presidential spokesman, what is a horrible message is “the attempt to introduce into the country prohibited substances“.

She is being prosecuted under Russian law. Not only in Russia there are such severe laws in this field. There are many countries where drugs cannot be brought. That is prosecuted by law. And we can’t do anything.”he added.

Recently, the Russian Justice extended another 18 days the precautionary measure against Griner, who has been in a Moscow remand prison for almost four months.

The family of the basketball player has addressed the president of the United States, Joe Bidento achieve Griner’s release, while both the WNBA as NBA They have also turned to demand their release.

At the time, Russian media reported that Russia and the United States were negotiating the swap Griner for Russian arms dealer Viktor Butknown as the “merchant of death” and serving a sentence in an American prison.

Grinera player for UGMK Yekaterinburg, was detained on February 17 at Sheremetvo airport in Moscow, as customs officials found in her suitcases cannabis oil.

Straight away, the basketball player, who maintains her innocence, was gone arrested for drug smugglingdetention that Washington considers unjustified.

The American, who has played for the Russian team since 2015, can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prisonsince in Russia it is prohibited by law to enter the country with cannabis.

Like other American players, Griner took advantage of the months when there is no competition in the WNBA to play in Europe, where he has a salary of more than a million dollars, four times more than the maximum in the US.

Recently, Russia and the US exchanged the American student Trevor Reed, sentenced to nine years in prison for resisting arrest, by the Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, sentenced in the US to 20 years for drug smuggling.



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