Brittney Griner has testified today in Russian Court that her rights were not fully explained to her when she was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. She has now been detained in Russia since February. Earlier she acknowledged that she did have vape containers with cannabis oil, but maintains that she had no criminal intent. The canisters were with her possessions inadvertently. Several organizations, the United States Government, and the WNBA have been pushing for her release since she was detained in Moscow, Russia.
At her drug trial in Russia, U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner testified that an interpreter translated only a fraction of what was said during her questioning. She also said officials instructed her to sign documents without providing an explanation. https://t.co/MlDxycuNXZ
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 27, 2022
This unfortunate saga has continued for months now and there is still no clear indication that Brittney Griner is any closer to getting home to her loved ones. Information is limited considering the layout of the Russian Court System and the current global pressure the nation faces after its invasion of Ukraine. This trail began on July 1st and there is no indication of when it may end. Russian courts have currently authorized her detention in the country until at least December 20th.
#FreeBrittneyGriner 160 days @brittneygriner has been wrongfully detained in a Russian prison. Praying God continues to give you the strength to endure. We will continue to support every effort to bring you home my sister and friend! #WeAreBG pic.twitter.com/pjs7aem3Sg
— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) July 27, 2022
Brittney Griner faces up to ten years in prison if she is convicted of transporting drugs. The United States Government has maintained that they are doing everything possible to see the release of the WNBA star. This is likely to continue for some time with no clear end in sight. Her fate is likely to be up to the Russian Court. We here at Def Pen Sports will continue to provide updates as they come in about the case.