WNBA star Brittney Griner has been imprisoned in Russia multiple weeks, and now Russian authorities have stated they’re extending her imprisonment.
Earlier today, Russian news agency TASS reported that the Khimki City Court in the Moscow region ruled that Griner would be detained for at least two months.
“The court granted the petition of the investigation and extended the term of detention of U.S. citizen Griner until May 19,” said the court.
The news comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rages on and on the heels of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s direct plea to the U.S. Congress for support on Wednesday.
This ruling also comes as Russia’s economy continues to tank amid severe financial sanctions and objections to Putin’s attack swell in Russia.
There is some news about Griner.
According to Ekaterina Kalugina, a member of human rights group Public Monitoring Commission who said she visited the Phoenix Mercury star in the detention center in Russia, Griner shares a cell with two others.
Kalugina said that while Griner hasn’t complained about the conditions, she’s not without problems either.
“The only objective problem was the height of the basketball player—203 centimeters,” said Kalugina as quoted to TASS. “The beds in the cell are clearly designed for a shorter person.”
Griner is 6 foot 9.
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