American basketball star Brittany Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday in a Russian court.

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on "drug" charges, in a case that has raised tensions over so-called "hostage diplomacy" between Washington and Moscow.

Griner, 31, was arrested last February at an airport in the Russian capital.

After customs agents found in his luggage vape cartridges containing.

Cannabis oil, which is illegal in Russia and which the player claimed was illegal. It is said that she used it for medicinal purposes.

She has been in prison ever since, and to reduce her sentence, the Olympic medalist pleaded guilty.

to drug-related charges, although she said she did not intend to break any laws.

The US claims he has been "unjustly detained" and has asked the Kremlin.

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to release him in a prisoner exchange, although it is not known if it has received a response to the proposal Is.

After hearing the sentence this Thursday, President Joe Biden called it unacceptable.

and called on Russian authorities to release him immediately.

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