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Russia extends jailing of WNBA star Brittany Griner until May


BREAKING: Russia extends jailing of WNBA star Brittany Griner until MAY after she was arrested for smuggling cannabis vape pens into the country

  • Jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner’s incarceration in a Russian prison has been extended until May 19, Russian state media reported Thursday.
  • Griner, 31, was arrested in February by Russian lawmen on suspicion of transporting a cannabis-filled vape into the country, and is being held in an unknown prison
  • On Thursday, Russian state news agency TASS reported that the Moscow Region’s Khimki City Court had decided to detain Griner for at least two more months.
  • “The court granted the request for an investigation and extended the term of detention of US citizen Griner until May 19,” the outlet said citing the court.

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s incarceration in a Russian prison has been extended until May 19, Russian media reported Thursday.

Griner, 31, was arrested in February on an undisclosed date by Russian lawmen on suspicion of carrying a cannabis-filled vape on her way to the country, and is currently being held captive at an unknown facility for drug traffic.

On Thursday, Russian state news agency TASS reported that Moscow Region’s Khimki City Court decided to detain Griner, who traveled to the country to play for Russian Premier League side UMM. Yekaterinburg in the WNBA offseason, for at least two more months. .

“The court granted the request for an investigation and extended the term of detention of US citizen Griner until May 19,” the Kremlin-run outlet said, citing the court.

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s incarceration in a Russian prison has been extended until May 19, Russian media reported Thursday. Here Griner is shown in her booking photo after her February arrest by Russian officials

Russia extends jailing of WNBA star Brittany Griner until May

On Thursday, Russian state news agency TASS reported that Moscow Region’s Khimki City Court decided to detain Griner, who traveled to the country to play for Russian Premier League side UMM. Yekaterinburg in the WNBA offseason, for at least two more months. . Here, Griner plays for UMM Yekaterinburg in 2019

The station further reported that Griner was being held in humane conditions at the unnamed jail, with a rep for the watchdog telling the outlet that the Texas native shared a cell with two other women with no previous convictions, and that his only problem was that the prison beds were too short for his 6’7″ frame.

Ekaterina Kalugina, a member of the Public Human Rights Monitoring Commission, a semi-official body with access to Russian prisons, told TASS that Griner shared a cell with two other women with no previous convictions, adding that the only problem de Griner was that prison beds were too short for his 6’7′ frame.

Without identifying Griner, a Phoenix Mercury center, Russia’s customs service said earlier this month that a player was arrested in February after arriving at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on a flight from New York. .

TASS identified the player as Griner, citing a source. The Phoenix Mercury team, without giving further details, said: “We are aware of and are closely monitoring the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia.”

An analysis of the player’s luggage revealed cartridges containing “liquid with hash oil”, and a criminal case has been opened which could result in a five to 10 year prison sentence, the customs service said.

It was unclear when in February Griner, who plays in Russia during the WNBA winter offseason, was arrested.

In a joint press conference with Moldovan President Maia Sandu, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration had assigned an embassy team to work on Griner’s case.

Griner won Olympic gold medals with the U.S. national teams in 2016 and 2021.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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