The wife of a US basketball player detained in Russia has called on President Joe Biden to do “whatever is necessary” to secure her release.
Cherelle Griner told a rally organised by her wife’s team, Phoenix Mercury, that she feared she was not going to get justice from Russian officials.
Brittney Griner has been held in Moscow for over four months on drug charges.
The call comes as Russian authorities urged US officials not to create publicity around the case.
“The hype and working on the public, with all the love for this genre among modern politicians, currently only disturbs” the court process, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
“It does not just distract from the case but creates interference,” he added. “Silence is needed here.”
Griner, 31, was detained at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, on 17 February, when a search of her luggage allegedly revealed cannabis oil vape cartridges. Continue