Brittney Griner, by court decision, is in custody until December 20 for trying to illegally import hashish oil into the Russian Federation through Sheremetyevo.
A group of black American women from among public, political and religious figures, representatives of show business and sports called on U.S. President Joe Biden to ensure the return to the country of basketball player Brittney Griner, who was accused of drug smuggling in Russia. This was reported by The Washington Post.
As the newspaper notes, a message was sent to Biden, signed by almost 1.2 thousand African-American women. They urged Biden to “make a deal for Brittney’s speedy and safe return home.” As emphasized in the letter, Biden should “prove in practice” that this issue is a priority for him.
The message was signed, in particular, by Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, the most famous fighter for the rights of the black population in the United States, actress Anika Noni Rose, professional basketball player and coach Dawn Staley, former acting chairman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile. “The letter is support, support for a group of black women who are trying to save another black woman,” Staley told reporters.
As noted in the publication, preacher Al Sharpton, who is one of the most influential fighters for the rights of the black population in the United States, called on the U.S. administration to assist him and other figures in traveling to Russia to “pray for Griner.” Sharpton also expressed hope that Biden will take measures to return the athlete to the United States.