The Russian team of US basketball star Brittney Griner praised her contribution to national sports on Thursday for sharing her testimony in her attention-grabbing trial.
Two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist and WNBA champion Greener Russia was detained in February, a few days before Moscow launched an attack on Ukraine.
A 31-year-old woman was charged with drug smuggling for possessing an arc cartridge containing hemp oil.
Last week she was found guilty and is currently sentenced to up to 10 years in a Russian prison.
Greener was detained when he returned to play basketball at the Russian Premier League team UMMC Yekaterinburg.
Maxim Ryabkov, director of UMMC Yekaterinburg, told reporters in the town of Khimki on the outskirts of Moscow where the trial is taking place.
“Our purpose was to show what role she played in the club in Russian basketball in general.”
“We miss her very much for her energy,” said Captain Yevgenia Belyakova.
Belyakova said, “I want to stand by her at this moment,” and hoped that “the case would end.”
Maria Bragovolina, a member of the player’s defense team, told Ryabkov to the court about Grinner’s “outstanding ability” and said that thanks to her, the Russian team has been very successful in recent years.
The 2.06 meter tall Greener is considered one of the best basketball players in the world.
The Greener case is involved in the US-Russia freeze Relationship since President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Western-backed Ukraine on February 24.
US President Joe Biden was accused of ignoring her plight until he called Grinner’s wife last week.
US leaders also wrote to WBNA Star after sending a handwritten message to Biden asking him to secure his release.
After Grinner’s conviction, the former U.S. Ambassador Russia Michael McFaul replaces imprisoned Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout with Greener and Paul Whelan, who were convicted of spying in 2020 and sentenced to 16 years in prison by the Biden administration. I requested.
Swap “may be the only way to get rid of Brittney Griner as soon as possible,” he said.
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said it was premature to discuss possible exchanges of Greener during her trial.
“It’s as if they didn’t understand and didn’t know this,” she told reporters, referring to a US statement.
She said US officials should not try to put pressure on Moscow, but instead focus their efforts on “practical work through established channels.”
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