Russia Extends Brittney Griner’s Pre-Trial Detention by One Month

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom in Khimki just outside Moscow, on Friday. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

A Russian court has extended the pre-trial detention of WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner by one month, her Moscow lawyer tells NPR.

Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boikov said a snap hearing was announced for Friday during which the judge prolonged the 31-year-old athlete’s detention ahead of a trial on drug possession charges in mid-June.

“It could take longer. It could happen quicker,” said Boikov, who described the scheduling ambiguity as “typical.”