In the letter, Griner said she feared she would be permanently imprisoned in Russia and asked President Biden “to remember me and other American prisoners.”
“The President called Cherella to reassure her that he is working to secure the speedy release of Britney, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other US citizens illegally detained or taken hostage in Russia and around the world,” White said. House said.
Britney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury kisses his wife Cherell Griner in the stands after the Mercury defeated the Las Vegas Aces 87–84 in Game 5 of the 2021 WNBA Playoff Semi-Finals to win the series at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021. Las Vegas, Nevada. Source: Getty / Ethan Miller/Getty Images
“He also read her a draft letter that the president is sending to Britney Greener today.”
Griner, 31, is in the midst of a trial in Russia that began last week after she was arrested Feb. 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for her Russian team. The trial is scheduled to resume on Thursday.