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White House Blasts Brittney Griner’s Appeal Hearing as a ‘Sham’

  • Russian court’s decision means Griner going to penal colony
  • US open to ‘tough decisions’ to free Griner, Whelan, aide says
Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner

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President Joe Biden said US efforts to secure the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner are ongoing but have not swayed the Kremlin, hours after a Russian court rejected her appeal of a nine-year drug smuggling sentence.

“We are in constant contact with Russian authorities to get Brittney and others out, and so far we’re not meeting with much positive response,” Biden told reporters Tuesday at the White House. “But we’re not stopping.”