Brittney Griner was given a 9-year prison term in Russia for drug possession.4
The White House has stated that it is attempting to negotiate a possible prisoner exchange with Russia in order to repatriate Griner and another American who is detained there.
WNBA player Brittney Griner was found guilty of transporting drugs into Russia and was given a 9-year prison term.
On August 4, the court determined that Griner had intentionally committed the act and was guilty of cocaine possession and smuggling.
She was given a nine-year sentence as well as a 1 million ruble ($16,000) punishment for knowing narcotics possession and smuggling.
In February, Brittney was detained in Moscow after police there claimed to have discovered cannabis oil-infused vape cartridges among her possessions.
Since the Phoenix Mercury actress was detained, her wife Cherelle Griner has been steadfastly at her side
Admitting that she has been in touch with American authorities in an effort to secure her husband's release.
Brittney wrote a letter to President Joe Biden on July 4 in which she expressed her fear that "I might stay here forever."
She pleaded in the letter: "I know you have a lot on your plate, but please don't forget about me and the other American Detainees."
President Biden and Vice President Harris responded by stating that they called Cherelle on July 6 after receiving the letter.
According to a statement obtained by NBC News, they told her "that he is working to ensure Brittney's release as quickly as possible."