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US detainees in Russia – Dept of State Seek their Release



Brittney Griner in prison penal colony

US detainees in Russia are being unjustly held after a sham trial according to the US department of State Secretary Anthony Blinken.

The Secretary said their health and safety is a priority to the United States and he is focused on ensuring they are in good condition and soon reunited with their families back home in the US.


In a statement titled Russia’s Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner and made available to Techscoops, Blinken said ”Our hearts are with Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan and all their families, friends and loved ones.

Read the US Department of State Secretary’s address:


Following a sham trial and the unjust sentencing of Brittney Griner, Moscow is transferring her from a prison in Moscow to a remote penal colony. It is another injustice layered on her ongoing unjust and wrongful detention.

As we work to secure Brittney Griner’s release, we expect Russian authorities to provide our Embassy officials with regular access to all U.S. citizens detained in Russia, including Brittney, as is their obligation. Ensuring the health and welfare of U.S. citizen detainees in Russia is a priority, and we will continue to press for fair and transparent treatment for them all.


Our hearts are with Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, as well as their family, friends, and supporters, who all continue to suffer from Russia’s decision to wrongfully detain U.S. citizens. We continue to work relentlessly to bring them home. I am focused on doing so, as are so many others in the Department. We will not relent until they are reunited with their loved ones. 

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