Trial for US basketball star Brittney Griner begins in Moscow-area court

Griner’s conviction is all but certain, analysts say. Fewer than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted.

MOSCOW, Russia — American basketball star Brittney Griner appeared in a Moscow-area court for trial Friday, about 4 1/2 months after she was arrested on cannabis possession charges at an airport while traveling to play for a Russian team.

Griner was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Police said she was carrying vape canisters with cannabis oil. The  and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale transportation of drugs.

Fewer than 1% of defendants

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