Yesterday the news of Brittney Griner’s arrest in Russia on drug charges rocked us all.
“The customs inspection of the hand luggage being carried by the U.S. citizen confirmed the presence of vapes with specifically-smelling liquid, and an expert determined that the liquid was cannabis oil (hash oil), which is a narcotic substance,” said the Service in a statement.
According to multiple outlets such as The New York Times, the Russian Service said the incident took place in February. That means that it occurred at least a week ago. Some claim that it took place as much as three weeks ago, but that’s unconfirmed as of now.
That should capture everyone’s attention.
The U.S. advised all American citizens to leave Russia. The WNBA confirmed all their players were home safely, but Griner was the last one remaining.
Why is this important? Because now Russia has a high-profile bargaining chip against the United States, which is leading the charge to cripple Russia’s economy as punishment for their attack on Ukraine.