December 7, 2022

American basketball participant Brittney Griner, who was sentenced in August to 9 years in a most safety penal colony in Russia for drug smuggling, was video-linked from a pre-trial detention heart throughout a listening to on an attraction towards her sentence. Moscow Regional Court docket 25 Oct.

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American basketball participant Brittney Griner, who was sentenced in August to 9 years in a most safety penal colony in Russia for drug smuggling, was video-linked from a pre-trial detention heart throughout a listening to on an attraction towards her sentence. Moscow Regional Court docket 25 Oct.

Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Pictures

MOSCOW. American basketball star Brittney Griner has arrived at a penal colony within the Russian republic of Mordovia – 300 miles southeast of Moscow – to start serving a nine-year sentence on drug fees, her legal professionals say.

The assertion by Griner’s authorized staff on Thursday was the primary affirmation of the whereabouts of an American lady since Russian authorities transferred her from a Moscow detention heart virtually two weeks in the past, a time frame typical of Russia’s opaque jail switch system.

Griner’s legal professionals Maria Blagovolina and Aleksandr Boikov confirmed that earlier this week they visited Griner within the ladies’s colony IK-2 within the metropolis of Yavas.

“Britney is feeling as anticipated and is attempting to remain sturdy whereas adapting to her new setting,” the legal professionals mentioned in a press release launched to the media.

“Provided that it is a very tough interval for her, there might be no additional remark from us.”

Final August, a Russian courtroom sentenced Griner to 9 years in a penal colony for importing lower than a gram of hash oil into Russia when she arrived earlier this 12 months to play in Russia’s ladies’s skilled basketball league.

In courtroom, Griner admitted to packing two vape cartridges by mistake in a rush to pack her baggage, however supplied paperwork displaying that the hash oil was legally prescribed by her physician within the US for ache aid.

The US authorities has referred to as Griner “wrongfully detained” and continues to hunt a prisoner change with Russia involving Griner and one other American prisoner, former Marine Paul Whelan.

Whelan is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage in a separate colony in Mordovia.

Former prisoners inform NPR that Russian colonies are recognized for his or her primal situations and harsh work regimes, rooted within the Soviet Union’s Gulag jail system.

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