Griner urges supporters to contact Whelan, help Americans detained abroad

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By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner called on her supporters to write letters to Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held in Russia, days after she was released from a Russian penal colony as part of a prisoner swap. The two-time Olympic gold medallist and eight-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star was arrested in February at an airport outside Moscow for carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. Griner’s fans and fellow athletes mounted a campaign for her release and sent letters of support as she was subsequen…

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