Brittney Griner's Russia Stay Extended Extra Month In Pre-trial

May 13, 2022

Story by Dominique Hanson; Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/ AP

After being detained in Moscow, Russia on February 17 for carrying vape cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage, WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner appeared in person at a hearing in Khimki, just outside of Moscow.

According to her Russian attorney, Griner’s pre-trial detention has been extended by a month. After being classified as “wrongfully detained”, it is expected that the Biden administration will work more aggressively to get the athlete back home. 

Most of the work pertaining to Griner’s case is being handled in the background by the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. This department specializes in helping those wrongfully detained in foreign countries.

A trial date has yet to be set, which many believe is strategic on Russia’s end. If convicted, Griner can face up to 10 years in a Russian prison.