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Russia upheld Britney Grenier’s sentence, here’s what happens next

Britney Greiner’s appeal against her nine-year prison sentence in Russia has been rejected. Greiner was convicted of possession and smuggling of cannabis oil.

WNBA star Britney Greiner appeals nine years in prison for possession and smuggling of cannabis oil rejected. This is the end of the road for Griner in terms of individual judicial proceedings, and there is no other avenue for Griner to reverse the court’s decision itself.

Now, attention is turning to the US government and how far it is willing to go in what has become a highly politically charged situation with the Kremlin.

The prisoner exchange with Russia is still technically in place for Brittney Greiner

In August, speculation swirled that the US might deal with the Kremlin’s request for release Arms dealer Victor Bout Who is under arrest in America. Bot, nicknamed “The Merchant of Death,” has been proposed in a swap to Greiner as well as another American being held in a Russian prison. This person is Paul Whelan, a former US Marine.

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fit has called“One of the Most Dangerous Men on Earth,” by Michael Brown, former chief of operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Neither President Joe Biden nor the White House has officially talked about the possibility of a prisoner exchange specifically, but they did mention a “substantial proposal” they made to Russia. With the appeal officially dismissed, the government’s intervention is the last chance for Grenier’s release.

Additional background on the arrest of Britney Grenier

Griner was detained in February at a Russian airport when a vape cartridge containing cannabis oil was found in her bag. Shortly thereafter, the Russo-Ukrainian conflict erupted, adding to the political nature around Greiner as a high-ranking person.

Greiner pleaded guilty but said it was “an outright mistake” and said cannabis is used to treat chronic pain.

The maximum penalty for such a crime in Russia was 10 years, According to the Associated Press,.

Although it is colloquially believed by some to be Griner’s huge sentence length partly due to its celebrity status exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the Russian government is notorious for being aggressive towards cannabis.

Russia’s treatment of cannabis is much stricter than that of other countries. In addition to Griner and Whelan, another American is Mark Fogel Detained in a labor camp in Russia After trying to enter Russia with medical marijuana. Fogel, 60, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Vogel suffers from chronic back pain, which is the reason he uses medical marijuana.

Joe Biden’s comments on Britney Grenier’s situation

Joe Biden He said this from Britney Grenier’s sentence when it was first announced:

Today, US citizen Britney Greiner received a prison sentence, which is another reminder of what the world already knows: Russia is unjustly holding Britney. It is unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so that she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”

The same statement mentioned Whelan, but did not mention Vogel.