WNBA participant Brittney Griner stays detained in Russia for carrying cannabis oil in her baggage at an airport close to Moscow. And US lawmakers don’t have a lot confidence they’ll get her out of Russia. Some have even described it as a “very difficult” process.
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“Our diplomatic relationships with Russia are nonexistent at the moment,” Democrat Rep. John Garamendi of California informed CNN on Monday.
“Perhaps during the various negotiations that may take place, she might be able to be one of the solutions. I don’t know.”
Garamendi additionally says Russia’s strict LGBT guidelines may come into play as a result of Griner is married to a lady. It’s price noting that Garamendi is just speculating on this side of the scenario.
Several different unknowns about Griner’s arrest additionally stay, together with the timing. We don’t know precisely when Russian officers arrested her.
On Saturday, the Russian Federal Customs Service launched a video of a person who seems to be Griner going via airport safety. The New York Times experiences the screening on the airport occurred in February, elevating the likelihood that Griner has been in custody for no less than a number of days.
Since the video’s publication, greater than 1,000 folks have signed the “Secure Brittney Griner’s Swift and Safe Return to the U.S.” petition on Change.org.
Griner has performed with Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2015 through the WNBA offseason.