Russian authorities extended the pre-trial detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner for 30 days during a Friday court hearing in Moscow, according to ESPN and the Associated Pressin what’s the most tangible update on the American’s status since she was detained on drug charges in February.

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Griner’s lawyer Alexander Boikov told the AP the extension was shorter than expected and may indicate that her case will soon go to trial.

Griner faces charges that carry up to a 10-year prison sentence after allegedly possessing vape cartridges containing THC-laden oil at a Moscow airport, but the US State Department has determined Griner is wrongfully detained and is lobbying for her release.

This is a developing story,


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