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Brittney Griner’s pretrial detention in Russia extended by one month: report

May 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Earlier this month, the U.S. government reclassified the basketball star as “wrongfully detained.”

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Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for nearly three months, made a brief court appearance in Moscow earlier this week.

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Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boykov, told The Associated Press that the athlete’s pretrial detention has been extended by one month.

The basketball superstar was allegedly caught at a Moscow area airport with cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage in February. Earlier this month, the U.S. government reported it believes Griner has been wrongfully detained.

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    U.S. government now says Brittney Griner has been ‘wrongfully detained’ in Russia

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While that reclassification signals that expanded efforts are underway to bring Griner home, few details have emerged about the status of her case or the conditions of her detention.

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Photos from Griner’s court appearance show her handcuffed with her head lowered, her hair covering her face. Boykov told AP that they had not received “any complaints about the detention conditions from our client.”

Following the U.S. government’s statement that Griner has been wrongfully detained, it was reported that Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, had taken over her case.

Richardson also worked on Trevor Reed’s case, the former U.S. Marine who was released in April after being detained in Russia for almost three years.

Jonathan Franks, the campaign spokesman for Reed, who had been accused of allegedly endangering the lives of two police officers during a visit to Moscow in 2019, told CNN in March that Griner’s case has the “hallmarks of a very wrongful and arbitrary detention.”

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“They’re making her out to sound like a drug kingpin. I think that it is unlikely that Ms. Griner will get a fair trial,” Franks said.

In March, Russian state news agency TASS reported that Griner had been ordered to remain in custody until at least May 19. She faces a potential punishment of five to 10 years in prison, per CNN.

U.S. Department of State spokesman Ned Price confirmed to AP that a U.S. Ambassador had a meeting with Russian counterparts, but did not reveal any details about those discussions.

Earlier this month, the Women’s National Basketball Association announced that a floor decal bearing Griner’s initials and jersey number would be placed on the home-court sideline for every team in the upcoming season.

“As we begin the 2022 season, we are keeping Brittney at the forefront of what we do through the game of basketball and in the community,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

“We continue to work on bringing Brittney home and are appreciative of the support the community has shown BG and her family during this extraordinarily challenging time,” Engelbert added.

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