Russia Extends Brittney Griner’s Imprisonment Until At Least July 2nd

Brittney Griner, the US basketball star who has been detained in Russia since February on suspicion of drug smuggling, will stay in Russian prison until at least July 2, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

In a time where the authoritarian regime in Russia allows no free press, news has been tough to come by. But most updates have been for nothing more than the extension of Griner’s prison time.

Griner was detained in February at a Moscow airport when Russian police said she had cannabis oil in her luggage and accused her of importing considerable amounts of a narcotic drug, a crime punishable by up to ten years in jail. The two-time Olympic gold winner and star of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury spends the offseason in Russia.

CNN has more here.

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