WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention extended for a month after her court appearance

MOSCOW — WNBA star Brittney Griner’s lawyer said Friday that her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.

Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boikov, told The Associated Press that he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated that the case would soon come to trial.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at Moscow airport after reportedly found vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The Biden administration says 31-year-old Griner is being wrongly detained. The WNBA and US officials have been working towards her release, with no visible progress.

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