On Monday, June 6 at 19:30 GMT:
It has been greater than 100 days since US basketball star Brittney Griner was detained in Russia.
Authorities there allege that Griner flew into Moscow on February 17 with vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her baggage. She is accused of smuggling important quantities of a narcotic substance – an offence punishable by as much as 10 years in jail.
On Might 13 Griner attended a Russian courtroom, the place her pretrial detention was prolonged by one other month. That ruling got here days after the US State Division mentioned Griner had been “wrongfully detained“.
Earlier than the State Division’s declaration, Griner’s household and the Girls’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (WNBA) had not commented intimately about her detention, nervous that publicity may make her state of affairs worse amid ever-worsening rising political tensions between Russia and the US.
Now Griner’s spouse, WNBA gamers, and the gamers’ union have tweeted broadly about her detention and have demanded her quick launch. But there may be little different media protection of Griner’s case.
A latest prisoner swap noticed US citizen Trevor Reed launched from jail in change for a Russian pilot, and now some consultants say Russia may try and discount for the discharge of arms vendor Viktor Bout – also referred to as “the Service provider of Demise” – who’s serving a 25-year jail sentence within the US.
On this episode we’ll comply with up on Griner’s case, and ask: if a marketing campaign to launch her is underway, then why are US politicians and main athletes in different sports activities nonetheless silent?
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Danielle Gilbert, @_danigilbert
Assistant Professor Division of Navy & Strategic Research, U.S. Air Power Academy