Russia makes major decision on WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention
The ongoing detainment of WNBA superstar Brittney Griner has a new update.
According to a report from The Associated Press via ESPN, Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia as she awaits her looming trial has been extended by 30 days, starting from May 19:
The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pretrial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.
Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boikov, told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon.
Griner was initially detained at the Moscow airport in mid-February over possession of cartridges in her luggage containing oil derived from cannabis, which constitutes up to 10 years in prison in Russia.
Her detention was originally extended by two months in a court decision as she awaited trial, with fears that the extensions could extend to a year or even 18 months at worst before even getting a chance to take the stand.
The latest update at least provides a glimmer of hope that a decision on Brittney Griner’s case can be made sooner rather than later. But what that decision ultimately hands down to the WNBA star remains to be seen, so the wait continues.