US basketball star Brittney Griner has been arrested in the middle of Ukraine crisis on the Moscow airport after allegedly found Vape cartridges with cannabis oil in their luggage. The Russian customs authority did not name a name in a message, but a published video shows how employees of security control browse the luggage of a woman who seems to be Griner.
When the two-time Olympic champion was detained exactly, is not clear, in the message it was only “in February”. Griner had come with a flyer from New York. At a conviction because of the possession of cannabis oil, it threatens between five and ten years imprisonment.
US basketball shared on Twitter, one is aware of the legal situation of Griner in Russia and observed this exactly. “We are in close contact with Brittney Griner, their lawyers in Russia, their family, their clubs, WNBA and the NBA,” said Griner’s Manager Lindsay Kagawa Colas.
The 31-year-old Griner had led Phoenix Mercury to the third WNBA title in 2014 and recovered in the final in 2021 with her team. Since 2015, Griner also plays in the WNBA break at UMMC Jekaterinburg. Until Griner, all WNBA players left Russia and Ukraine after Russian invasion in the neighboring country.
The US Foreign Ministry had already issued a travel warning for Russia on January 23 and referred to the “possibility of harassment of US citizens by the Russian Security Authorities”.