Advisor to Vladimir Putin: the release of Brittney Griner is not a priority | Entertainment
An adviser to Vladimir Putin insisted Brittney Griner’s release was not a priority for Russia.
The 31-year-old basketball star – who normally lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Cherelle Griner – was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in Russia just days before the country launched the ongoing invasion against Ukraine in February and August, she was sentenced to nine years behind bars.
Although US President Joe Biden has pledged to ensure the sportswoman’s freedom, Yury Ushakov – one of the Russian leader’s top advisers and the country’s ambassador to America from 1998 to 2008 – has suggested it is not a nothing more than an attempt to build support ahead of the upcoming midterm. elections.
Ushakov said on the state TV program ‘Moscow.Kremlin.Putin’: “In this tense situation, I think he thinks first of all about the upcoming midterm elections, so he continues to insist on the need for bring home the basketball player who was arrested for drug trafficking.
“However, this is not the main issue that concerns us.”
Cherelle admitted last week that she fears his wife will never return from Russia.
She said: ‘In no world would I ever have thought that our president and a president of a foreign nation would be sitting down discussing my wife’s freedom. I feel like she’s a hostage. … It terrifies me.
“My brain can’t even understand it. I feel like every day I hear something new, and it’s terrifying.
And Brittney’s attorney, Alexandr D. Boykov recently admitted the WNBA star was “struggling” in jail as she was “not absolutely convinced” she would be released.
He said: ‘She hasn’t been as good as I could sometimes find her.
“She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to bring her home. She is very worried about the price it will cost and she is afraid that she will have to serve all her sentence here in Russia.
Brittney – who was also reportedly fined the equivalent of $16,600 for the offense – allegedly took less than a gram of cannabis oil into the country and insisted her actions were “inadvertent” but decided to plead guilty.
She said: “That’s why I pleaded guilty to my charges. I understand everything that was said against me, the charges against me and that’s why I pleaded guilty but I had no intent to violate Russian laws.”
His call offer is due to start next week.