Free Brittney Griner! – World Socialist Internet Web site

The World Socialist Internet Web site calls for the Russian authorities launch basketball star Brittney Griner from jail, erase her conviction on trumped-up drug expenses, rescind the savage sentence of 9½ years in a penal colony imposed on her Thursday, and permit her to return to her house and household in the US.

The cost of drug smuggling is a clear fraud. Griner was in possession of a tiny quantity of hashish oil, prescribed by her physician for again pains brought on by enjoying an expert sport on the highest stage, 12 months after 12 months. She had forgotten to take away two vials weighing a complete of 0.7 grams from her baggage earlier than leaving for Moscow and was arrested once they have been detected on the airport.

Griner is a world-renowned athlete, not a political determine. However her arrest, trial and sentencing have been a nonetheless frame-up from starting to finish, following a script that the previous KGB agent Vladimir Putin undoubtedly discovered from his mentors within the Stalinist secret police, who carried out the present trials and mass homicide of Trotskyists, Outdated Bolsheviks and different devoted socialists within the Nineteen Thirties.

Whereas Putin has seized Griner as a bargaining chip with Washington, the Biden administration is in search of to use the Griner case to generate political assist for its imperialist intervention within the battle in Ukraine. Nobody must be taken in by the crocodile tears of the White Home. It is a authorities which has allowed a million People to die from a preventable COVID-19 pandemic and which is risking World Battle III to advertise the worldwide financial and strategic pursuits of the monetary aristocracy.

Griner was arrested on February 17, when she entered Russia to play for the UMMC skilled group in Yekaterinburg. (Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest metropolis in Russia. It was given the identify Sverdlovsk in the course of the Soviet period, after the Bolshevik chief Yakov Sverdlov. It returned to its Tsarist identify, honoring Catherine, spouse of Peter the Nice, after the restoration of capitalism.)

There was little dialogue within the American media about why Griner went to Russia, an act of appreciable independence coming solely per week earlier than the US-provoked invasion of Ukraine and whereas the Biden administration was whipping up a militaristic frenzy and demanding all People go away Russia as quickly as attainable.

She had been enjoying in Russia commonly in the course of the low season of the Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation as a result of WNBA salaries are so low in comparison with these paid in different US skilled sports activities. Griner was one of many top-paid WNBA gamers however made simply over $200,000 a 12 months. The Yekaterinburg group, against this, paid her $1 million a season, consistent with the good reputation of girls’s basketball in Russia and her standing as one of many best-known and most achieved gamers within the sport, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Griner apparently grew keen on the Russian individuals and instructed the court docket at one level throughout her trial that she regarded Yekaterinburg as “her second house.” In line with a profile within the Washington Put up, “She stated she was moved by the comradeship she discovered along with her teammates there and by the passion of her followers, particularly the younger ladies who would wait outdoors the group’s change rooms to greet her. ‘That’s why I saved coming again,’ she stated.”