Brittney Griner requested her supporters in a social media submit to defend Paul Whelan, a former Marine serving a 16-year jail sentence in Russia on espionage fees that the US has no foundation in.
The US sought the discharge of each Whelan and Griner, the WNBA star who was detained at a Moscow airport in February for possession of hashish oil cans, however Russia solely agreed to change Griner for convicted arms seller Viktor Bout. Griner returned to the US earlier this month, whereas Bout was despatched to Russia.
In a handwritten observe posted to her Instagram account on Wednesday, Griner advised supporters that their writing to her and defending her launch had a huge impact, and she or he requested them to do the identical for Whelan, who was arrested in Russia 4 years in the past. She supplied an tackle the place supporters can ship letters to the imprisoned American.
“I hope you’ll be a part of me in writing to Paul Whelan and proceed to advocate for the rescue of different Individuals and the return to their households,” Griner wrote.