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Biden condemns Russia sentencing of Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison

Added 08-04-22 01:18:02pm EST - “"It's unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately," Biden said in a statement.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Biden condemns Russia sentencing Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden blasted Russia for sentencing Brittney Griner to nine years in a penal colony for cannabis possession and smuggling, calling the decision “unacceptable.”

“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House. 

“It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates,” he continued.

“My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.” 

The president’s promise comes just one week after reports revealed the Biden administration pitched trading notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death,” for Griner and former Marine Whelan.

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