Brittney Griner begins serving sentence in Russian penal colony

WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her 9-yr sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony, her legal professionals and agent acknowledged Thursday.

Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, about 350 kilometres east of Moscow, after a Russian court docket final month rejected her enchantment of her sentence.

Her legal professionals acknowledged they visited her earlier this week.

“Brittney is doing as properly as to might presumably be anticipated and making an try to maintain sturdy as she adapts to a mannequin new environment,” her legal professionals acknowledged in a press launch.

The all-star centre with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold was detained in February when customs brokers acknowledged they found vape canisters containing hashish oil in her baggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

At her trial, Griner admitted to having the canisters in her baggage however testified she packed them inadvertently in her haste to make her flight and had no prison intent. Her defence workforce launched written statements saying she had been prescribed hashish to deal with persistent ache.

The Biden administration has been making an try for months to barter the discharge of Griner and one other American jailed in Russia, Michigan agency safety govt Paul Whelan. Whelan was additionally despatched to a penal colony in Mordovia after being convicted of espionage-associated costs in 2020 and sentenced to sixteen years in jail.

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