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Brittney Griner, U.S. basketball star, despatched to Russian penal colony : World

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MOSCOW — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner has arrived in a jail colony within the Russian republic of Mordovia — 300 miles southwest of Moscow — to start serving out a nine-year sentence on drug prices, her attorneys say.

The announcement by Griner’s authorized group Thursday was the primary affirmation of the American’s whereabouts since Russian authorities transferred her from a Moscow detention middle almost two weeks in the past — a time frame typical for Russia’s opaque jail switch system.

Griner’s attorneys Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov confirmed they’d visited Griner on the IK-2 girls’s jail colony within the city of Yavas earlier this week.

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“Brittney is doing in addition to could possibly be anticipated and attempting to remain robust as she adapts to a brand new surroundings,” mentioned the attorneys in an announcement launched to the media.

“Contemplating it is a very difficult interval for her, there can be no no additional feedback from us.”

Final August, Griner was sentenced by a Russian court docket to 9 years in a jail colony for carrying lower than a gram of hash oil into Russia when she arrived for play within the Russian girls’s skilled basketball league earlier this 12 months.

In court docket, Griner admitted to mistakenly packing two vape cartridges in her rush to pack her baggage — however offered paperwork that confirmed the hash oil was legally prescribed by her U.S. physician for ache administration.

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The U.S. authorities has labeled Griner “wrongfully detained” and continues to hunt a prisoner swap with Russia involving Griner and one other jailed American, former Marine Paul Whelan.

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

Former inmates inform World that Russia’s jail colonies are identified for primative situations and punishing work regimens rooted within the Soviet Union’s gulag jail system.

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