Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed claims that Brittney Griner is a ‘political hostage’
Brittney Griner is being held in Russia on drugs charges. © Tim Clayton / Corbis via Getty Images
US women’s basketball icon Brittney Griner is not a “hostage” and should not be treated differently in her Russian drug case simply because she is a foreigner, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
Griner, 31, was detained at a Moscow airport in February when banned cannabis oil vape cartridges were found in her luggage.
The two-time Olympic champion had been arriving in Russia to play for UMMC Ekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason – something she has done since 2014.
Griner’s detention was extended by a judge last week until at least July 2 as her case is investigated, while some in her homeland have accused Russia of holding her as a “political hostage.”