Brittany Griner was arrested in February for bringing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil through a Moscow airport which is illegal in Russia. She was returning to the country to play for a basketball league in Russia when she was arrested at the airport.
Griner was freed from a Russian penal colony on Thursday in a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, a U.S. official confirmed.
President Biden tweeted about Griner’s release. He was seen in pictures with Vice President Kamala Harris and Griner’s wife.
Biden addressed reporters after the announcement of her release. Biden did not mention Bout. But he did say, “After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones and she should have been there all along,” Biden said.
I’m just saying.. I feel sorry for Griner. But if you do the crime you should have to do the time. Because if it was you or I we wouldn’t be going home. So I hope she knows how lucky she is.