Brittney Griner Throws Support To Wall St. Journal Reporter Detained By Russians – Brittney Griner, a top player for the WNBA who was arrested in Russia on drug allegations and held there for ten months, is now advocating for the release of Evan Gershkovich, a writer for the Wall Street Journal who is being held in Russia on charges of spying.
Griner expressed her concern for his well-being on Instagram and pleaded with President Joe Biden to do something about the situation. On Thursday, the Russian police took Gershkovich into custody on suspicion of spying and later charged him with the crime. Since the end of the Cold War, he is the first journalist from the United States to be detained by Russia.
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In the year 2022, a Russian court found Griner guilty of possessing cannabis oil and sentenced her to prison. She was freed after being involved in a contentious prisoner exchange. The Instagram message from Griner and wife Cherelle was posted Saturday.
“Our hearts are filled with great concern for Evan Gershkovich and his family since Evan’s detainment in Russia.” They added, “Every American who is taken is ours to fight for and every American returned is a win for us all.”
The Wall Street Journal has issued a denial on the allegations of spying. On Friday, President Joe Biden addressed the media and the public, telling the Russians to “Let him go.” Since he was taken into custody, US officials have been unable to communicate with Gershkovich.
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