American Basketball Player Recounts Harrowing Experience in Russian Prison in New Memoir

American basketball player Britney Grainer announced yesterday, Tuesday, that she is preparing a book about her 10-month imprisonment in Russia until December 2023, after her release as part of an exchange deal between Moscow and Washington.

Britney Greiner said: “That February day marked the beginning of an incomprehensible period in my life, and now I am ready to share it.

The main reason I returned to Russia at the time was because I wanted my (lesbian) wife, family and colleagues to be proud of me. After a very difficult 10 months behind bars, I am grateful that I was rescued and that I am at home. Readers will hear my story and understand why I am so grateful for the support of people around the world.”

The book of the player of the US national team and the UMMC team is planned to be published in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, preliminary, in the spring of 2024.

Britney Greiner was detained in February 2022 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into Russia.

And the Khimki District Court of the Moscow Region sentenced an American basketball player to 9.5 years in prison along with a fine of about a million rubles ($20,000) after she was caught smuggling and possessing cannabis oil.

Britney Grenier, who was detained in Russia from February to December 2023, has been released under an exchange deal with Russian businessman Viktor Bout, with the exchange taking place at Abu Dhabi airport, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Notably, 32-year-old Brittney Greiner won the 2014 FIBA ​​World Championship in Turkey, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2018 World Championship in Spain, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with the US team.

Before her arrest, the American played for the basketball team (UMMC Yekaterinburg) from the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.


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