House passes resolution demanding Russia release Brittney Griner

The U.S. Home on Friday accredited a bipartisan resolution contacting for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia due to the fact February.

The resolution, introduced by Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton, phone calls on Russia to “straight away release” the 31-calendar year-outdated Griner, and asks U.S. officials to “elevate the situation” of Griner’s launch when communicating with Russia.

The Phoenix Mercury, Griner’s WNBA workforce, applauded the resolution, tweeting Saturday that “Stanton and lots of some others are continuing to perform with the White Dwelling, State Section and Brittney’s spouse and children to secure her secure return home.”

Griner, who has gained two gold medals with the U.S. Olympic workforce, was detained at a Russian airport on February 17 following officials alleged they discovered vape cartridges in her baggage which contained cannabis oil.

At the time of her arrest, she was traveling to Russia to participate in for UMMC Ekaterinburg, a basketball club based in the city of Yekaterinburg. Griner has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg because 2014 in the course of the WNBA offseason.

If convicted on drug fees, she could face up to 10 decades in jail.

In Could, the State Section explained it had determined that Griner was getting wrongfully detained. Previous week, Russia declared that it was extending Griner’s detention via at least July 2.   

Final week, Griner’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, informed The Involved press that a scheduled simply call from the detained WNBA star on the couple’s fourth anniversary was by no means patched by means of by the U.S. embassy in Russia. Cherelle Griner explained that her spouse identified as nearly a dozen times on June 18, but under no circumstances got as a result of mainly because the mobile phone line at the embassy was not staffed.