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The Biden administration has determined that Griner was illegally detained in Russia, which means that the United States will work harder to secure her release, even when the lawsuit against her is over, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin, file)

On Friday, the pre-trial detention of two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion Britney Greener was extended by one month by a court in Moscow. Greenner made his first public appearance since being detained in February during a court hearing in Khimki.

The Phoenix Mercury Greener Center will now be in custody until at least June 18. The WNBA issued a statement saying the news was “not unexpected”.

“The WNBA continues to work with the US government to bring BG home safely and as soon as possible,” said the professional basketball league. Griner’s lawyer, Alexander Boykov, believes the extension is a sign that her case will soon go to court.

Greener (right) helped Phoenix Mercury win the championship in 2014 and helped Baylor win the NCAA title in 2012 (photo by TGSportstv1)

Many prominent figures in women’s basketball have expressed their complaints about Grinner’s case on social media, using the hashtags #WeAreBG and #FreeBrittneyGriner.

“Free BG until it’s back !!” Las Vegas Aces striker A’ja Wilson tweeted.

“85 days Too LONG. #WeAreBG, “said Los Angeles Sparks striker Nneka Ogvumike in connection with the time Greener spent in custody. Ogvumike spent four years competing in Russia for the Dynamo Kursk women’s basketball club.

“It has been 85 days since our friend Britney Grinner was illegally detained in Russia. It’s time for her to go home. @WhiteHouse, we pay attention and rely on you. #WeAreBG, “said Seattle Storm striker Brianna Stewart.

Greener (right) helped Phoenix Mercury win the championship in 2014 and helped Baylor win the NCAA title in 2012 (photo by TGSportstv1)

During the first two game days for Mercury this season, Greenner Cherryl’s wife posted her videos on Instagram. Cherry recently received his doctorate in law from the Central University of North Carolina.

Greens’ teammate Brianna Turner recalled her kindness to those less fortunate in the news.

“When traveling, BG always kept his leftovers and gave them to the homeless,” Turner tweeted. “So, of course, I thought I’d do the same with her today. Sometimes free meals can make a person’s day. If possible, do something for a stranger today. ”

An employee of the US Embassy spoke to Greener during her hearing and said she was “doing as well as might be expected in the circumstances.”

Griner, 42, appeared in court in Khimki for a pretrial hearing when the court ordered her to be detained until at least June 18 (photo by TGSportstv1)

On May 3, the State Department classified Griner as illegally detained. That put her case in the office of the US President’s Special Envoy for Hostages (SPEHA). Hostage negotiator Roger Carstens and the State Department have decided to classify her as illegally detained, according to spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

“We take responsibility for helping American citizens seriously and will continue to push for fair and transparent treatment of all US citizens when they are subject to legal proceedings abroad,” said a State Department official.

Greener’s family and supporters, along with the WNBA and the Biden administration, are working to free her from Russian custody. The Richardson Center, an organization that privately advocates on behalf of the families of detainees and hostages, also helps the Griner family.

Greener is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time WNBA All-Star (photo TGSportstv1)

Several Russian news sources reported that Russia wanted to exchange Griner in an exchange of prisoners with Victor Booth, a convicted arms trafficker. Also known as the Death Dealer, Booth was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2008 for supplying anti-aircraft missiles, aiding a terrorist organization and plotting to assassinate American citizens.

U.S. government officials were skeptical of Russia’s reports, noting that it was a tactic to put pressure on the United States government.

The United States and Russia exchanged prisoners last month between former Marine Trevor Reed and Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko. The United States claims Reed was wrongfully detained; he had been in Russia for three years. Yaroshenko was convicted of drug trafficking.

Former Atlanta Dream striker Adaora Elonu has said she is “extremely worried” about Griner. Like the seven-time WNBA All Star, Elonou plays professional basketball in Russia.

“I did not feel insecure. “I had the feeling that not much was happening in this country,” Elon said. “I know there were many things outside the country. But when I was in Russia, we didn’t get much news about what was happening.

Greener will receive his full salary for this season. To honor her, all 12 WNBA teams have her initials and T-shirt number 42 on their hardwood.

Greener has been detained since February, when Russian authorities allegedly found cannabis oil in her luggage. They accused her of smuggling a significant amount of drugs.

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