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White House hits out at Russia's 'wrongful' detention of Brittney Griner following sentencing

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Brittney Griner has been "wrongfully" detained in Russia, the White House has said.

The American basketball player was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony after being found guilty of drug possession and smuggling with criminal intent by a Russian court on Thursday, 4 August.

Ms Griner was also fined a million rubles (around $16,300).

"Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. She never should have had to endure a trial in the first place," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

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