Celebrity WNBA Star Brittney Griner Ordered to Stand Trial Friday in Russia

Celebrity Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia has been  extended by 6 months. The court date  is set for Friday, July 1, 2022. Brittney Griner’s preliminary hearing in Russia on Monday set date for her trial for Friday and extended Griner’s detention by six more months. It has now been four times  since Griner’s pre-trial detention was moved She will be in detained in custody  throughout the entire trial.

The basketball Phoenix Mercury star was arrested at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 for carrying cannabis along with  found vape cartridges, and  hashish oil in her luggage. Griner could be sent to prison for  10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale transportation of drugs.

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The case has drawn a lot of media attention. Her release was at the center of negotiations between the U.S. and Russia. Negotiator  Roger Carstens was the same person who freed former Marine Trevor Reed from Russian imprisonment this  past April. So far nothing has worked out for the Britney Griner.

Russian state news stated   they  would free Griner in exchange for convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout, aka  as the “Merchant of Death.” Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 then he was  extradited to the U.S. and sent to prison for 25 years for conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, and the  delivery of anti-aircraft missiles. Bout also was convicted of  providing aid to a terrorist organization.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not disclose information about such negotiations for  Griner or Whelan when  interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper this past Sunday.

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