Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence.
Washington said last month that Russia had “wrongfully detained” the six-foot-nine (2.06-meter) basketball star, 31, and turned her case over to the US special envoy in charge of hostages.
Brittney Grinner is in hard time
A consular officer of the US embassy in Moscow met her Friday on the margins of the hearing, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
“The officer was able to confirm that Brittney Griner is doing as well as can be expected under what can only be described as exceedingly difficult circumstances,”
Price told reporters in Washington.
Griner is considered among the greatest female basketball players and is a high points scorer, partly thanks to her ability to dunk the ball.
Despite sky-high tensions between the US and Russia, the two countries conducted a high-profile prisoner exchange in April, in scenes reminiscent of the Cold War.
In the exchange Russia freed Trevor Reed, a former US Marine accused of drunkenly fighting with police.
Washington also says Russia has unjustly detained Paul Whelan, a former security official at a vehicle parts company who was sentenced to 16 years in prison on espionage charges in 2020.
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