Date: 28 June, 2022
Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a WNBA champion, was detained in February on charges of carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in Russia
Brittney Griner stepped out in public for the first time in months on Monday, moving one step closer to her trial on drug charges in Russia.
Griner's legal team told NPR that in a short court proceeding, a judge ordered Griner to be detained for the length of her trial.
The next hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 1.
130 days ago, Griner was taken into Russian custody - one week before Russia invaded Ukraine.
No officials from the U.S. Embassy were present for Monday's hearing.
Few details are known about her case, feeding speculation that the Putin regime arrested Griner to use her as leverage.
A letter urging President Biden to approach her case with urgency was recently written by dozens of rights groups.
The Biden administration declared Griner to be wrongfully detained by Russia's government in early May.