Russian Court Rejects Brittney Griner Appeal Over Jail Term

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Brittney Griner

A Russian court has rejected an appeal by WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner, regarding her nine-year jail term she was handed for drugs charges. 

The 32-year-old was convicted in August for smuggling and possessing cannabis oil. The double Olympic winner apologised for her “honest mistake” in her appeal, saying it has all been “very, very stressful”.

A court near to Moscow upheld the sentence, and the state prosecutor called the decision “fair”.

There have been lots of legal battles going on behind the scenes, and Griner’s lawyer has been working all hours trying to compromise with Russian authorities, and hopes that a prisoner swap between the US and Russia involving the basketball player could be possible.

Reports in the US suggest that imprisoned Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout – known as the Merchant of Death – could be transferred by Washington to Russia as part of the deal.

Kyle Curran is an expert in basketball and also writes about football (soccer), darts, combat sports, and American football and has worked with numerous sports and gambling websites including,, and Business2Community. He also writes news, betting tips and SEO content. He can also be found regularly providing live football (soccer) commentary on Also is a former newsreader for local radio stations in the UK working for Derbyshire Media Company. And formerly worked for Prost International as an accredited journalist and editor covering the Premier League and EFL.

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