Brittney Griner taken to Mordovia penal colony: source –


(Reuters) — US basketball star Brittney Griner has been taken to a penal colony in the Russian region of Mordovia, a source familiar with the case told Reuters on Thursday.

In August, Griner was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony on drugs charges following her arrest at a Moscow airport in February with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. She was moved from a detention center near Moscow on Nov. 4 to be taken to an undisclosed prison location.

Russian authorities have given no information on her whereabouts for nearly two weeks, but the source said she had been taken to Female Penal Colony IK-2 in Yavas, about 300 miles southeast of Moscow.

The colony is in Mordovia, the same region where another American, Paul Whelan, is serving a 16-year sentence in a different criminal settlement after being convicted of espionage charges that he denies.

Asked about Griner’s case, a US State Department spokesperson said, “We are aware of reports of her location, and in frequent contact with Ms. Griner’s legal team.

“However, the Russian Federation has still failed to provide any official notification for such a move of a US citizen, which we strongly protest. The Embassy has continued to press for more information about her transfer from her and her current location. ”


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