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The United States President Joe Biden released a statement on Thursday regarding WNBA star Brittney Griner's sentence in Russia.

Brittney Griner

Brittney  Griner
Position: C
Age: 31
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Birth place: Houston, United States of America

"Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. It's unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately," said the President in his statement.

Griner was sentenced to 9 years by a Russian court on Thursday. However, the real length of detention might be however long it takes to reach a deal between the United States and Russia. WNBA player was also fined 1 million rubles, equivalent to roughly $16,500.

Griner has been held in Moscow since February on charges of smuggling a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage when she was trying to enter Russia.

Biden has received a lot of pressure to try to return the player to the United States. There was even a proposition for an exchange of prisoners between Griner and a former marine Paul Whelan for a Russian arms dealer who is detained in the United States.

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