Putin spokesperson: Brittney Griner is not a ‘hostage’

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A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has pushed back against the US State Department’s stance that WBNA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, saying in an interview on Monday that “she violated the law Russian, and now she is being prosecuted”.

“It’s not about being a hostage. There are many American citizens here. They enjoy their freedoms…but you have to obey the laws,” Dmitry Peskov told NBC News Senior International Correspondent Keir Simmons in an exclusive interview.

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Peskov gave no indication of when Russian authorities would release Griner, who has been detained since February after authorities allegedly found hash oil in her luggage.

In his interview with NBC News, Peskov claimed his case was no different from “hundreds and hundreds of Russian citizens convicted of transporting hashish” and questioned why authorities should make an exception for the basketball star. American.

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Peskov said he could not comment on the decision by Russian law enforcement when asked why she was not simply sent home or refused entry.

The Biden administration said last month that Griner was being wrongfully detained in Russia. His detention has been extended several times, the last of which until early July.

State Department officials briefed members of Griner’s WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury, earlier this month on the progress of his case.

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