Today’s conviction and sentencing by means of a Russian court docket of U.S. citizen Brittney Griner to 9 years in jail additional compounds the injustice of her wrongful detention. This step places a focus on our vital issues with Russia’s felony gadget and the Russian executive’s use of wrongful detentions to advance its personal schedule, the use of folks as political pawns.
Nothing about as of late’s choice adjustments our resolution that Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained, and we can proceed operating to deliver Brittney and fellow wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Paul Whelan house. This is an absolute precedence of mine and the Department’s.
We will even proceed to press for honest and clear remedy for all U.S. citizen detainees in Russia.
Russia, and any nation attractive in wrongful detention, represents a risk to the protection of everybody touring, operating, and dwelling out of the country. The United States opposes this custom far and wide.