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Brittney Griner detention: Putin spokesman denies WNBA star being held hostage

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Brittney Griner’s detention was not about “being a hostage,” a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Dmitry Peskov told NBC News in an interview that Griner’s arrest was no different from anyone carrying oils derived from cannabis on them. The WNBA star has been detained in Russia since February after being accused of carrying vape cartridges containing the oils through a Moscow airport.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Dec. 23, 2021.
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The U.S. State Department would later reclassify Griner as being “wrongfully detained.”

“She violated Russian law, and…


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