Brittney Griner was held in Russia for five months and sent a letter to Joe Biden, the US President, on Monday.
"Sitting here, alone with my thoughts, without the protection of any of my family, friends, or my Olympic jersey, I am afraid of the thought that 'be here forever'," wrote the double Olympic basketball champion. The trial began on Friday at the Khimki court in the suburbs.
In the aftermath of Russia's invasion, the affair acquired a strong political connotation.
The champion pleads, "I am very aware that you must deal with many things. But please remember me and other American prisoners." Please do all you can to bring us home.
"I voted in 2020 for the first time and I voted for your candidate," says the 31-year old basketball player. You are my hero. She wrote again, in a touching letter.
"I miss my wife!" My family is my greatest joy! My teammates are my family! It is so heartbreaking to see their suffering right now. She pleaded for her return, saying that she was grateful for any help she could get.
Griner's letter was symbolically delivered to the White House Monday, US Independence Day.
Brittney Griner wrote in her missive, "On July 4th our family honors those that fought for freedom.
The Phoenix Mercury player went to Russia in February to participate in the American offseason. This is a common practice among basketball players who often make more abroad than they do at home.
The double Olympic champion from the USA (2016, 2020), was taken into custody in possession of vapers and a cannabis-based fluid upon her arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
His trial was opened Friday morning and was adjourned until July 7. She could spend up to 10 years behind bars.