Brittney Griner's Russia detention 'something that I’m personally focused on,' Blinken says

Griner has been held in Russia since February. ザ・ WNBA star was arrested for allegedly bringing vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis oil through a Moscow airport. Her detention has been extended three times, with the latest being July 2.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks, 水曜日, 六月 1, 2022, during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at the State Department in Washington.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks, 水曜日, 六月 1, 2022, during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at the State Department in Washington. (AP写真/JacquelynMartin)

Blinken addressed Griner’s detention in a meeting with LGBTQ reporters at the State Department, によると to the Huffington Post. Griner is a part of that community.

It’s something that I’m personally focused on. There’s a limit to what I can say publicly. But we are very focused on this. We are determined to bring her home,” まばたきは言った.

He was asked why it took months for the State Department to classify her as being “不法に拘留された” and said he was following the formal process to classify her with that status.

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WNBA star Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing in Khimki, just outside Moscow, ロシア, 五月 13, 2022.

WNBA star Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing in Khimki, just outside Moscow, ロシア, 五月 13, 2022. (AP写真/ AlexanderZemlianichenko)

We have to follow the letter of the law,” 彼は言った. “This is a situation that we have in a multiplicity of countries. The first thing is to make a determination about whether any individual is being unjustly detainedAnd that’s what we did in the case of Brittney Griner.

After Griner’s detention was extended again Tuesday, the Phoenix Mercury center’s agent spoke out.

Lindsay Kagawa Colas wrote on Twitter that the decision was just further proof the player was “政治的なポーンとして使用されています。” She called on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to act with urgency in bringing the basketball player home from Moscow.

Today’s extension is just further reinforcement that Brittney Grineran Olympian and an American citizenis being used as a political pawn,” Kagawa-Colas tweeted. “Her detention is inhumane and unacceptable. She has not had a single phone call in her 117 days of wrongful detention, and we call on @POTUS and @VP to act with urgency and do whatever it takes to bring Brittney home immediately.

Brittney Griner of the Mercury during the WNBA Finals game against the Chicago Sky on Oct. 13, 2021, at Footprint Center in Phoenix, アリゾナ.

Brittney Griner of the Mercury during the WNBA Finals game against the Chicago Sky on Oct. 13, 2021, at Footprint Center in Phoenix, アリゾナ. (Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

Griner could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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