Griner "afraid" she'll serve entire Russian prison sentence, lawyer says
WNBA star Brittney Griner is "afraid" that she will be forced to serve the entirety of her nine-year prison sentence, her lawyer, Alexandr Boykov, told the New York Times in an interview published Wednesday.
Driving the news: Griner was found guilty on drug charges by a Russian court in August and is awaiting an appeal date on Oct. 25. The U.S. is in negotiations with Russia about a potential prisoner swap to free Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.
What they're saying: “She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to take her home,” Boykov said.
- “She is very worried about what the price of that will be, and she is afraid that she will have to serve the whole sentence here in Russia.”
- “She has not been in as good condition as I could sometimes find her in,” he added of Griner's emotional struggles.
The big picture: U.S. officials maintain that Griner — who has been held in Russia since February — has been "wrongfully detained."
- Russia confirmed in August that it was negotiating with the U.S. about a potential prisoner exchange.
- "Not with Putin," President Biden said Wednesday when asked if there had been any progress on a potential meeting with the Russian president to discuss Griner's case, per a White House pool report.
- Griner's spouse, Cherelle Griner, said in an interview earlier this month that Griner had suffered to "the max."