Russia’s Tass news agency says a court near Moscow has announced that it has extended the detention of WNBA star Brittany Greener until May 19.
Russian media reported that WNBA star Britney Greener’s detention was extended until May 19, a development that could hold the two-time Olympic champion for at least three months before her case is resolved.
Greener was detained at a Moscow airport in mid-February, when Russian authorities said a search of his luggage turned up a VEP cartridge containing marijuana oil, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The U.S. embassy in Moscow did not immediately return calls seeking comment from the Associated Press.
The State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said Tuesday that the State Department was “doing its utmost to support Britney Greener’s family and to work with them to ensure that she is treated fairly and that she is released.” In a briefing, he mentioned privacy considerations in not giving further details.
Ekaterina Kalugina of the Regional Public Monitoring Commission, a state-backed panel in Russia that monitors detainees, told Tas that Greener was sharing a cell with two other female detainees accused of drug offenses.
Greener’s cellmates spoke English and helped him communicate with pre-trial detention facility staff and get books, Kalugina said.
“The only objective problem is the height of the basketball player,” Toss quoted Kalugina as saying, referring to the 6-foot-9 Greener. “Cell beds are obviously made for people of low height.”
Greener has won two Olympic gold medals with the United States, a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury, and a national championship in Beller. He is a seven-time All-Star. The WNBA season opens on May 6.
He was one of a dozen WNBA players who played in Russia or Ukraine this past season. After Russia invaded Ukraine, everyone except Greener left.
Greener has played winter in Russia for the past seven years, earning more than 1 million per season – four times his WNBA salary. He last played for his Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg on January 29, before taking a two-week league break in early February for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. After returning to Russia, he was arrested in Moscow.
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined a growing group of family, friends and officials calling for her release via a “free Britney” tweet on Wednesday.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Greener’s wife, Cheryl, thanked everyone for their support but said more on social media.
WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert told the AP on Wednesday: Agents and strategists. “
The State Department noted privacy considerations in not disclosing further information about Greener’s situation, despite the strong public interest in the case. In fact, federal law prohibits U.S. officials from providing personal information about any U.S. citizen arrested or otherwise detained abroad without their public written consent.
There are very limited exceptions to the provisions of the 1974 Privacy Act which prohibits the disclosure of passport records of U.S. citizens. An exception is when the subject of the investigation signs a document known as the Privacy Law Waiver, which allows diplomats from the State Department in Washington and US embassies and consulates abroad to discuss specific information.
Greener is not the only American currently detained in Russia. Marine veteran Trevor Reed was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2020 for assaulting police officers in Moscow, and Michigan corporate security chief Paul Huilan is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage that his family and the U.S. government have denied. . U.S. officials have publicly called on Moscow to release them.