If convicted, Griner could face 10 years in prison.

On February 17th, Brittney Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo Airport after being accused of bringing vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through security.

Griner was arrested a week before Russia invaded Ukraine after the West broke a promise made in the 1990s to not expand NATO. Russia attempted to compromise with NATO and Ukraine, however, the West refused.

The news of Griner’s detention did not surface until March.

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FILE – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner is shown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. More than four months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession, Griner is to appear in court Monday, June 27, 2022 for a preliminary hearing ahead of her trial. The Phoenix Mercury star, considered in some polls to be the United States’ most gifted female athlete, could face 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of large-scale transportation of drugs. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Brittney Griner’s trial continues later this week

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