Russia Makes Important Decision About WNBA Star Brittney Griner’s Jailing » FirstSportz

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner

American basketball player Brittney Griner was arrested in Russian on February 17, 2022 when she was caught smuggling cannabis oil into Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia. For much of her incarceration, there has been no evidence of her safety, raising concerns among United States officials. Considering the ongoing crisis in the country, it was a very scary situation, especially in terms of their safety.

Brittney Griner arrested
Brittney Griner arrested

Griner was able to keep in touch with their representatives in the United States with the help of a local Russian attorney. Questions about her ill-treatment arose after former prisoner and journalist Jason Rezaian spoke about his experiences in such a situation. The main concern was to protect them from all hostile activities that took place during the tragic war between Soviet troops and Ukraine.

US representatives could not reach Brittney Griner despite permission

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner

The two-time Olympian was held in pre-trial detention for almost weeks before the Moscow court announced the extension of her pre-trial detention. The WNBA player is part of the much-loved Phoenix Mercury and also contributes her time to a Russian team called UMMC Ekaterinburg. She has been actively participating in her basketball league since 2015.

The court continued the investigation after the extension until May 19, 2022. The US Consul did not visit Brittney Griner while she was in the detention center. Russian authorities claimed they authorized the visit under certain undisclosed conditions.

Brittney Griner may get a glimmer of hope in her trial

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner

As the extension period is coming to an end, the Russian court announced that there will be a short 30-day extension starting May 19, 2022. Brittney Griner’s attorney, Alexander Boikov, told the Associated Press that a short extension is usually an indicator that the case is about to go to trial. In Russia, possession of illegal substances means 10 years in prison.

Many feared the WNBA star would remain in custody for more than a year. However, this shows that the authorities are pushing for a final decision on the case. Griner could potentially be fired after he risked not taking the stands at all.

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