Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Russian court Thursday. She faces up to 10 years in a penal colony over the offenses.She told the court that she had not purposefully broken Russian law, according to Reuters who had a journalist in the courtroom.“I’d like to plead guilty, your honor.
But there was no intent. I didn't want to break the law," Griner said. “I’d like to give my testimony later,” Griner continued. “I need time to prepare.”Her next court appearance is on July 14.Griner’s guilty plea followed only hours after a Russian diplomat blasted the Biden administration for attempting to “torment hype” around the case, the New York Times reports.
The official, Sergei Ryabkov, said the publicity wasn’t helping Griner’s case.Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, said that the Russian government would be willing to negotiate around the case when a verdict was reached.
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