Brittney Griner has moved to a penal colony in Mordovia
Almost a year of detention in Russia for Britney Griner. The lawyers of the WNBA player, sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of drug trafficking, have just announced her transfer to a penal colony in Russia’s Mordovia region, located about 500 kilometers southeast of Fly.
This transfer had been known for more than a week but his representatives and his family I didn’t know the destination. A “delay” that would not be great because according to CBS News, according to statements by a State Department official, American detainees go to a processing center before arriving at their final destination. A process that can take days or even weeks.
« We can confirm that Brittney has started serving her sentence at IK-2 in Mordovia. We visited earlier this week lawyers Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boikov said in a statement. Penal colony IK-2, a Russian abbreviation for “correctional colony number 2”, is located in the city of Iavas (population less than 10,000) and has more than 800 inmates.
« Brittney is doing as well as can be hoped for and is trying to stay strong as she adjusts to her new environment », he sued his lawyersbut evoking a ” very difficult period ».
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AFP reports that Russian penal colonies are notorious for the ill-treatment of their prisoners, who are crammed into unsanitary barracks and often without access to adequate care. Human rights NGOs regularly denounce the abuses and acts of torture committed in Russian prisons, often by prisoners who maintain good relations with the guards, in exchange for privileges.
The player’s new place of detention, originally disclosed by Reuters, is located in the same area where former US Marine Paul Whelan is being held. He was arrested in December 2018 and sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage. There has been talk of the two US citizens being involved in a potential prisoner swap with Russia. They could be exchanged for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.
Selon CBS News, it is also possible that Moscow wants to recover a second prisoner in the exchange but it is not known who he is. Joe Biden recently said he hoped that once the midterm elections are over, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will ” they will be able to discuss with us and will be ready to talk more seriously about a prisoner exchange ».
It should be remembered that the Phoenix Mercury player has been detained since February 2022 in Russia, following the discovery of cannabis oil in her luggage, when she arrived at the capital’s airport.
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