WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia is extended by a month

WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia is extended by a month

According to her Moscow lawyer, Brittney Griner’s pre-trial incarceration in Russia has been prolonged by one month.

Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boikov, said a short hearing was scheduled for Friday, during which the court extended the 31-year-old athlete’s imprisonment until his drug possession trial in mid-June.

“It may take longer. “It may happen sooner,” Boikov added, describing the schedule uncertainties as “normal.”

In February, Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and star center for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested at the Moscow airport when vape cartridges purportedly containing cannabis oil were discovered in her luggage.

Griner had just arrived in Russia to play in the country’s premier women’s basketball league for UMMC Ekaterinburg.

The narcotics charges carry a possible jail sentence of ten years.

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Given her surroundings in a Russian jail, Boikov regarded Griner’s mood as “natural.”

WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia is extended by a month

“She’s been handled well and has no health issues or complaints. Everything is as good as it can be, “He stated.

He mentioned that prison officials had given Griner a longer bed in March after she complained about the basic accommodations.

She is presently being held in the same cell as two Russian ladies who face drug accusations.

“The Russians speak some English,” Boikov remarked. “They are neither friends nor foes. They help each other as much as they can.”

The US administration said Griner was “wrongfully held” earlier this month, shifting responsibility for her case from consular affairs to a special envoy for hostage matters.

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The State Department had no comment on Friday’s development but added, “As we have previously maintained, the Russian system illegally imprisoned Ms. Griner.”

According to the person, US officials attended the court on Friday and spoke with Griner. “She is doing about as well as expected under these conditions,” the source stated.

Boikov told NPR that her legal team has constantly contacted US officials. “They’re doing everything they can,” he says.

The sudden hearing occurred on the same day that Russian media speculated about a possible prisoner swap involving Griner between Moscow and Washington.

Last month, the White House agreed to a prisoner swap with the Kremlin to free Trevor Reed, a US Marine serving a nine-year term in a Russian jail on what the US also claimed were bogus allegations.