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Russia | The Guardian: Brittney Griner lawyers appeal against nine-year Russian jail sentence

Appeal by lawyers for US basketball star may indicate no deal has been reached for prisoner swap between Russia and the US

Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner have filed an appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drugs possession.

Griner, a centre for the Phoenix Mercury who had been playing for women’s basketball team in Yekaterinburg during the WNBA off-season, was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after vape canisters containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage. She was convicted on 4 August.

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