Brittney Griner asks for help campaigning for Paul Whelan: ‘Let’s write a letter to Paul’ – National

Brittney Griner asked her supporters in a social media post to show their support for Paul Whelana former marine is serving a 16-year prison sentence in Russia for alleged espionage USA is baseless.

The US managed to secure the release of both Whelan and Griner – the WNBA star was detained at Moscow airport in February for having a vape canister containing cannabis oil – but Russia agreed to only exchange Griner for the suspected arms dealer. convicted Viktor Bout. Griner returned to the United States earlier this month and Bout was sent to Russia.

In a handwritten note posted to her Instagram account on Wednesday, Griner told supporters that their letters to her and advocating for her release had an impact. big action and she asked them to do the same for Whelan, who was arrested in Russia four years ago. She included an address where advocates could mail letters to imprisoned Americans.

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“I hope you will join me in writing to Paul Whelan and continuing to advocate for other Americans to be rescued and returned to their families,” Griner wrote.


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