Russia Extends Brittney Griner’s Detention
Authorities in Russia have extended American WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention for another month.
“Today’s news on Brittney Griner was not unexpected, and the WNBA continues to work with the U.S. government to get BG home safely and as soon as possible,” the WNBA said.
Griner, 31, was detained at a Russian airport in February after authorities allegedly found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage.
If convicted on drug-smuggling charges, the Phoenix Mercury star faces five to 10 years in a Russian prison.
The Biden administration has said that Griner was “wrongfully detained” by Russia.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow spoke with Griner after the extension and reported that she “is doing as well as can be expected in these circumstances.”