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Russian basketball star Brittney Griner begins Russian trial

(CNN)Two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalistBritney Greenergoes to court near Moscow on Friday Arrived. Her trial is scheduled to begin after authorities claim that her luggage contains hemp oil in February, a week before Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Greener, 31, A Phoenix Mercury player playing in Russia during the WNBA's off-season was arrested at the Moscow airport on February 17.

Russian officials have accused her of smuggling large amounts of drug material. This is a crime that can be punished with up to 10 years in prison.

Greener is currently being held in a pretrial detention center in northern Moscow. According to her lawyer, her detention was extended for six months before the outcome of the trial.

Earlier this week, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Grinner "has been unfairly detained and unfairly detained, and has revealed it as an official decision of the U.S. government." I mentioned it repeatedly.

No verdict is expected on the first day of her trial in the Khimki City Court outside the Russian capital.