When will Brittney Griner be freed from Russia? It could be years and here's why.


If there’s one thing government officials, legal experts and scholars agree on when it comes to the frightening case of WNBA star Brittney Griner, it’s that she faces substantial prison time in Russia over drug-related charges.

“In the best of times, with no war, she’d be in a lot of trouble,” said attorney and Russian legal expert Jamison Firestone, one of the main proponents of the Magnitsky Act, the 2012 law that allow the U.S. government to sanction human rights violators. “There’s over a 99% conviction rate. The judges do whatever the prosecutors tell them.”


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