According to Russian state media, Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia has been extended until at least July 2.
According to Russian state news agency TASS, US basketball player Brittney Griner, who has been jailed in Russian custody since February on drug smuggling charges.
It will remain in custody until at least July 2, after a Russian court extended her detention.
A US State Department official told CNN in May that Griner, 31, had been classed as “wrongfully held.”
Griner’s family and the WNBA have been vocal in their support for her release, with some worried that Russia will use her as a political pawn amid tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Griner was arrested in February at a Moscow airport when Russian police said she had cannabis oil in her luggage and accused her of importing large amounts of a narcotic drug.
A crime punishable by up to ten years in prison. During the offseason, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and star of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury is in Russia.
Griner’s incarceration has been extended several times. In March, a Russian court announced that her pretrial custody had been prolonged until mid-May.
Griner’s incarceration was extended again last month, this time until June 18, according to TASS.
According to Price, the news reached the State Department via Russian state media reporting. According to Griner, the US had consular access to him last month.
A State Department official confirmed to CNN last month that Griner’s situation is being handled by the office of the US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.
The office is in charge of the government’s diplomatic efforts to secure the release of Americans illegally jailed abroad, and it was instrumental in the release of US citizen Trevor Reed in a prisoner swap with Russia in late April.
Griner’s agent said in a statement late Tuesday that it was evident the athlete was being used as a “political pawn.”