American basketball star Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia, wrote that she begged US President Joe Biden for help.
Brittney Griner has been in detention for more than four months on alleged Russia drug charges. In the letter that arrived on Monday, she wrote of her fears that she might never return to US soil again.
US Officials Say They Will Use Any Way Possible
“President Biden is clear that all US citizens held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad, including Brittney Griner, must be released,” a spokesperson for the National Security Council said on Monday. US officials also reiterated that they are working “aggressively, using every means possible” to bring him home.
“I’m Afraid I’ll Be Here Forever”
While most of Brittney Griner’s letter to the US president is kept confidential, the quotes reveal her mental state during detention. “I’m afraid I’ll be here forever, sitting here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic kits, or any achievements,” he wrote.
“I Miss My Family!”
Griner said, “I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know that they are in so much pain right now. I am grateful for everything you can do to get me home right now.” honors the service of those who fight for our freedom. It hurts me to think about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year,” he added.
Griner: I Believe You
He also asked the president not to forget other US citizens detained by Russia. At the same time in Griner’s letter; “Please do your best to bring us home. I voted and voted for you for the first time in 2020. I believe in you.”
Why Was He Arrested?
Brittney Griner has been held in Russia since her arrest on February 17 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for allegedly found cannabis oil in her luggage. She is currently on trial and could face up to ten years in prison if found guilty, she. Less than 1% of defendants in criminal cases in Russia were acquitted she. But unlike US courts, even if he is acquitted, the Russian government has the power to overturn any verdict and send him to jail.