The U.S. State Department says a U.S. embassy official has met with WNBA star Brittany Greener, who is being held in Moscow for questioning.
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that a U.S. embassy official had met with detained WNBA star Brittany Greener near Moscow to examine her condition.
State Department spokesman Ned Price told CNN that officials found Greener “in good condition.” Price did not identify the official who was granted consular access to Greener, which the United States has claimed.
Greener was detained after arriving at a Moscow airport in mid-February, when Russian authorities said a search of his luggage had found VEP cartridges containing oil containing marijuana, which could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Russia’s state news agency Tass reported last week that a court had extended the detention until May 19 before Greener’s trial.
Price said the United States “will do its best to see that he has been treated fairly throughout this ordeal.” Tensions between Russia and the United States over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine have led to Greener’s legal fire.
A member of a Russian state-backed prison monitoring group visited the pre-trial detention facility outside Moscow with Greener last week where he was being held and said the Phoenix Mercury star was doing well behind bars.
Greener’s lawyers regularly visit him.
The legal team of the two-time Olympic gold medalist has been quietly seeking his release and has refused to comment on the matter since his arrest became public.
Among the thousands of U.S. citizens arrested and jailed abroad, a small subset has been designated by the U.S. government as an unjust detention – a department that gives their cases an extra level of official attention and oversees special presidential envoys for them. Hostage issues at the State Department. The U.S. government has not yet commented on Greiner’s case.
Greener is not the only American detained in Russia. Marine veteran Trevor Reed was sentenced in 2020 to nine years in prison for assaulting police officers in Moscow. And Michigan corporate security executive 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.