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Kremlin’s spokesman denies that WNBA star Brittney Griner is a ‘hostage’

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted the suggestion that the arrest and detainment of WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia amounts to political imprisonment.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News that aired on Monday, Peskov claimed Griner is only being held captive for breaking the law. 

And he equated her predicament with, ‘hundreds and hundreds of Russian citizens that were sentenced for carrying hashish.’ 

‘Why should we make an exemption for a foreign citizen?’ Peskov argued.

Griner, 31, was detained at a Moscow airport on February 17 after authorities there said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.

NBC News’ Keir Simmons observed that the US government is essentially treating Griner’s detention like a…


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