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While Brittney Griner's Russian incarceration dominates headlines, another American woman is sitting behind bars in the same jail waiting for the world to take the same - or at least some - interest in her case. 

Sarah Krivanek, also known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old teacher and mother from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since last year, when she was arrested for assaulting her abusive, drunk Russian boyfriend Mikhail Karavaev.

He had beaten her up in a drunken rage and she retaliated by cutting him in the nose. Russian media states that she tried to slice it off, but she insists it was nothing more than a scratch. 

The boyfriend has tried to retract his police claim but Sarah remains incarcerated. Her friends are now pleading for the White House to take notice in her case, which remains unresolved. 

Griner was yesterday sentenced to nine years behind bars for smuggling a cannabis pen into the country. She was detained at Moscow airport shortly after arriving on a flight from the US. The 31-year-old WNBA star knows Russia well, having played multiple off-seasons there. 

Sarah Krivanek, also known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old teacher and mother from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since last year

Sarah's arrest came as the result of a bust-up with her alcoholic boyfriend Mikhail Karavev (shown) 

Sarah, 46, had been living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but is a California native. She moved to Russia in 2017 after divorcing her military husband and she began teaching English to Russian children. 

She and her boyfriend Mikhail Karavaev had a troubled and abusive relationship. Friends of hers told NewsNation's Banfield that she told them how he would regularly beat her up. 

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Krivanek was somewhat of an open book on social media, posting medical reports which detailed the injuries he allegedly gave her, and talking often about domestic violence. 

In November, the pair's violent relationship took its worst turn. A day after he broke her fingers, she took a knife to his nose, scratching it but not doing permanent damage.

He called the police and she was arrested then released on bail, ordered to return to court at a later date. 

Krivanek's friends say she sought advice from the US Embassy in Moscow and was instructed to leave as soon as possible. 

On November 11, 2021, Sarah sliced her boyfriend's nose with a knife. The previous day, he beat her so badly that she was left with black eyes and broken fingers. He went to the police and drunkenly signed papers to charge her, then retracted it, admitting he was in the wrong

Krivanek was in an abusive relationship with Mikhail Karavaev. He beat her regularly, according to her friends and photos that she shared of her injuries 

She was given a $200 loan from the government and was escorted to the airport by a diplomat, but she was arrested before she could get on the plane.

Krivanek's wrist injury from another beating 

The woman has been in custody ever since, with little information about her case emerging. 

It wasn't until Griner was arrested and taken to the same jail, and until a human rights activist went to visit Griner and came across Sarah, who was begging for help.

'She hugged me and burst into tears. She said, "How have I ended up in here? 

'It's all untrue. 

'I'm a good person,"" Ekaterina Kalugina, the activist, told People earlier this week. 

The State Department would not comment on the specific details of her case, but a spokesman told they were aware of it. 

'We can confirm the arrest of a U.S. citizen in Moscow in December 2021. We take our role in assisting U.S. citizens abroad seriously and are monitoring the situation. 

Sarah is shown trying to leave Russia in December last year after consulting the embassy

The woman is shown being taken into custody in December 

'We continue to urge that Russian authorities allow consistent, timely consular access to all U.S. citizen detainees in Russia in line with its legal obligations and allow us to provide consular services for U.S. citizens detained in Russia. 

'Our requests for access are consistently delayed or denied.' 

They declined to give a figure for the number of US citizens currently incarcerated in Russia, saying: 'We are unable to provide a number for detained individuals, as the number of U.S. citizens detained in any country is fluid, and we do not want to provide a number that is outdated or inaccurate.' 

Sarah's friends are now asking for her to be shown the same level of interest as Griner. 

President Biden immediately rushed to condemn Griner's sentence yesterday, claiming she was 'wrongfully detained' and that he would do anything he could to get her out. 

Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday. The Biden administration has rushed to offer her assistance and says it will do 'anything' to get her out

Griner and Sarah are both being held in Correctional Colony No. 1 in Dmitrov, near Moscow

Sarah's friends say they want her home. She had been planning to return to the US after four years in Russia when she was arrested 

That is likely to come down to a prisoner swap of Griner for notorious Merchant of Death arms Viktor Bout, who has been in prison in the US since 2010. 

Yesterday, after Griner was sentenced, reported exclusively that Russia was in talks with the US to swap the pair after holding off for weeks. 

The process is now likely to be completed within a few weeks, unless there are any delays to the appeals process that Griner's team has ten days to complete. 

Many have criticized the deal, saying Bout's crimes far surpass Griner's and that letting him go free just to save her makes Biden look weak. 

Among critics is Donald Trump, who last week said: 'It is not a good trade.' 

The swap is likely to enrage Sarah's friends, who have no idea when they may hear from her again.

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Fan Breaks Into Idol Finalists Home: Court Documents Reveal Scary New Details

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Scary new details have emerged regarding an “obsessed fan” who broke into the home of “American Idol” alum Daniel Seavey on July 28. The fan was caught sleeping in the popular singer’s bed, wearing his clothes, and rummaging through his kitchen while he was out of town. TMZ first reported the incident after obtaining footage of the young woman, captured on Seavey’s Ring security cameras.

Seavey was just 15 when he competed on Season 14 of “Idol,” reaching the Top 9 in 2015. The following year, he and fellow musicians formed the boy band Why Don’t We, which scored its first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Charts in Jan. 2021 with contributors including Travis Barker, Skrillex, and Timbaland. The band has fans all over the world, who call themselves “Limelights.” However, the group’s been embroiled in legal disputes with their management and announced on July 6 that they were being forced to cancel their tour due to ongoing litigation.

In light of the band’s hiatus, Seavey began recording and releasing his own solo music — a haunting original tune called “Bleed On Me,” and a soulful cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which is the same song he sang when auditioning for then-judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. on “American Idol.” In fact, the music video starts with a black and white clip from the audition.


Court Documents Reveal Scary Details of Home Intrusion

GettySinger Daniel Seavey in 2015 and 2022.

Over the years, Seavey has learned to deal with screaming girls wherever the band goes. But he told the Chicago Tribune in 2019 that fans act differently around the world; those in Japan are “respectful,” for instance, while fans “go crazy” in the Philippines. But in Los Angeles, Seavey said fans act like they know him personally.

“Fans there try to act like you’re homies more than they’re fans,” he told the newspaper. “It gets kind of awkward. You’ll take 30 pictures with them at an airport and they’ll (post), ‘Hanging out again.’ And you’ll be like, ‘What? No.’”

According to court documents obtained by Heavy, an “obsessed fan” broke into Seavey’s Los Angeles home on July 28 when he was out of town. According to the singer’s request for a temporary restraining order, when the young woman was spotted on Seavey’s security cameras, his older brother Tyler called the police and headed to the home. Because the fan saw him as she was being arrested, Seavey requested that his brother also be included in the restraining order.

“The person broke into my house while I was out of town,” Seavey wrote. “She stayed the night in my bed, put on my clothes, playing my musical instruments. She told LAPD we should be together when she was arrested and questioned.”

Seavey also revealed that this was not the first interaction with the fan, reporting that she’d shown up outside his gym multiple times.

“I am in fear of what she might do upon release,” he wrote.

Police said the woman gained access to the property by crawling through an open window, which is significant in part because, according to TMZ, Seavey has a tattoo on his arm of a person climbing through a window.

The woman was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold but has since been released. The temporary restraining order, which forbids her from coming within 100 feet or contacting Seavey and his brother, will be in effect until a formal hearing on Aug. 19 to determine whether a permanent restraining order, which typically lasts three to five years, will be granted.

Seavey Now Concerned For His Safety, Says He’ll Press Charges

GettyDaniel Seavey (L) with his Why Don’t We band in March 2022.

On the morning of Aug. 1, Seavey’s dad, Jeffrey Seavey, shared several media stories about the intrusion on Twitter, writing, “Been a looooong weekend!!!” He then provided additional details in a separate tweet.

“Update: Daniel was in Miami when this happened,” his dad wrote. “The girl was held in a psych hold for 72 hours after her arrest. The Dr informed us that she will prob do it again and advised pressing charges. We have now filed a restraining order and will be pressing charges. Pls (pray) for her!!”

About an hour later, Seavey addressed the frightening incident himself, tweeting, “i am fearful for my safety and will be moving houses immediately. i will also be pressing charges. i am not in la and am safe for the time being, but i worry a restraining order isn’t enough to protect me, my friends and family.”

On Aug. 2, the singer posted two photos of himself to social media, including one of him looking through a giant magnifying glass. On Twitter, he captioned the photos with “caught ya!!” and on Instagram, where has over 2 million followers, he simply typed in three question marks.

Fans flooded the post with words of encouragement and sorrow about the situation. And on Aug. 3, they used a Twitter hashtag — #smilesfordaniel– to try lifting his spirits. Most fans posted a picture of themselves next to a photo of Seavey and a note about how the singer has positively impacted their lives.

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