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US distorts the sentence of basketball player Griner, Russia says


US distorts the sentence of basketball player Griner, Russia says

Moscow, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) US officials and public organizations that criticize the sentencing of basketball player Brittney Griner are misrepresenting the facts and distorting information, the Russian embassy in Washington denounced.

In this regard, the diplomats added that such actions do not surprise them, as it is already common practice on U.S. territory to distort everything concerning Moscow.

Likewise, they detailed that the permission by the authorities of that country to legalize the use of drugs is an internal matter of the northern nation, and does not apply to the legislation of other States.

“In our country, attempts to import drugs illegally are criminally punishable,” the embassy emphasized.

The legation recalled that “today, there are about 100 Russian citizens in US prisons and pretrial detention centers,” most of whom “are serving time for committing non-violent crimes.”

In that sense, he denounced that Washington launched a real ‘hunt’ for Russians when they go abroad. Since 2008, they have registered more than 50 such cases.

The Khimki Court of the Moscow region sentenced the American basketball player Griner the day before to nine years in prison for drug trafficking and possession of drugs.

Details of the trial published by the TASS agency refer that in addition to the prison sentence the athlete will have to pay a fine of one million rubles (more than 16,500 US dollars).

At the court session, the prosecutor of the case pointed out that during the investigation no aggravating or mitigating circumstances were established, while she specified that a total of 0.702 grams of hashish oil were found in the athlete’s luggage during her arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on February 17.


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