Brittney Greiner

According to Sherell Greiner, they promised to give her the opportunity to communicate with Brittney’s wife for the first time in several months, but on the right day in the relevant department of the embassy, ​​which was supposed to transfer the call to Phoenix, no one picked up the phone due to the holiday

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Brittney Greiner

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The wife of American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia in connection with drug smuggling, Sherell Griner expressed her distrust of the US government after it failed to arrange a promised wedding anniversary phone call. About it informs A.P.

The couple did not speak for four months, Sherell Griner promised to arrange a conversation on Saturday, June 18. The call was scheduled two weeks in advance. However, on the appointed day at the US Embassy in Moscow, there was no employee at the right phone to connect Brittney Griner to his wife’s house in Phoenix. Lawyers said that the basketball player called the embassy 11 times, but no one answered. The AP notes that the relevant department of the embassy is likely to receive calls only from Monday to Friday.

“I find this unacceptable, now I have no confidence in our government. If I can’t trust you to switch a phone call on a Saturday after hours, how can I trust you to negotiate a homecoming on behalf of my wife? After all, this is a much larger request than answering the call on Saturday, ”said Sherell Greiner.

On May 20, the US State Department said it regretted the disrupted call “due to a logistical error.”

The Kremlin considers the arrest of the US Olympic champion for drugs legal

Brittney Greiner

Two-time Olympic and two-time world champion and women’s NBA champion Greiner was arrested in February after vape cartridges containing hash oil were found in her bag at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Against the 31-year-old basketball player, a criminal case was opened under paragraph “c” of Part 2 of Art. 229.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia (smuggling of narcotic drugs in a significant amount), which provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of five to ten years. On March 17, Greiner refused to challenge the drug smuggling charge in court.

In early May, the State Department said it believed Griner was wrongfully detained and her case would be dealt with by the office of the US President’s Special Representative for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA).

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said on June 20 that Greiner had violated the law and should not be called a “hostage”.

In Russia, Greiner has been playing for the UMMC since 2015.

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