Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia

A Russian court sentenced American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on Thursday after convicting her of deliberately smuggling cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia, a decision that US President Joe Biden has described as “unacceptable”.

Griner was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs by police after the ruling, turning to reporters and saying, “I love my family.”

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