Brittney Griner now in Russian prison for 100+ days


basketball star Brittney Griner guilty russian prison
Image: https://wearebg.org/

American basketball champion Brittney Griner remains locked in a Russian prison more than 100 days after her arrest on drug charges.

Customs officials detained the lesbian sporting star on February 17, 2022, days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They claimed sniffer dogs detected vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. However, Brittney Griner’s arrest only became public knowledge in March. Russian authorities then charged her with the large-scale transportation of drugs.

Brittney Griner previously flew in and out of Russia on multiple occasions. Many female American basketball players compete overseas in the American off-season. They make far more money in foreign leagues than in the US where female players earn a fraction of the money earnt by their often multi-millionaire male counterparts.

Regarded as one of the world’s best female basketball players, Brittney Griner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. US officials previously described the sports star’s detention as wrongful and called for her release.

Many observers conjecture that the arrest of Brittney Griner around the same time as the commencement of hostilities in Ukraine is no coincidence. Former Pentagon official, Evelyn Farkas, described her as a potential ‘high-profile hostage’. Under Vladimir Putin, the Russian judiciary remains as notoriously corrupt as during the Soviet regime. Numerous convictions over the past two decades appeared to be decided by the Kremlin rather than the presiding judges.

Detention extended

Despite hints of negotiations by both US and Women’s National Basketball Association officials with Russian authorities, a court recently extended Brittney Griner’s detention by a month.

Brittney’s wife Cherelle called on US President Joe Biden to ‘Bring BG home’ in a recent Instagram post.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by . (@cherelletgriner)

For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit qnews.com.au. Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

QNews, Brisbane Gay, App, Gay App, LGBTI, LGBTI News, Gay Australia

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *