The famous American basketball player Brittney Griner is in Russia serving a nine-year prison sentence for drug smuggling, and Russian journalist Ekaterina Kalugina visited her recently in her cell. During the visit, Griner was in a cell with two inmates who spoke English and were also in prison for drug possession.
It was stated that Brittney read the Russian translation of the book "Demons" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, as well as a biography of the band The Rolling Stones and that she played "submarines" with other prisoners.
The journalist added to the American media that female prisoners shower twice a week, as well as that the prison is very old.
According to one of her lawyers, Brittney Griner is becoming increasingly concerned about her chances of being released in a prisoner swap and is having some emotional problems.
“She has not been in as good condition as I could sometimes find her in,” Brittney Griner’s lawyer, Alexandr D.
“She has not been in as good condition as I could sometimes find her in,” the lawyer, Alexandr D. Boykov, said in a recent interview.
She’s not optimistic.
“She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to take her home,” Mr.
Boykov said, adding that he had spoken to Ms. Griner on Tuesday. “She is very worried about what the price of that will be, and she is afraid that she will have to serve the whole sentence here in Russia”. Let us remind you that the American basketball player was arrested on February 17 at the airport because electronic cigarette cartridges containing cannabis oil, an illegal substance in Russia, were found in her luggage.
Sources close to the two-time world and Olympic champion say that Brittney hopes that America will be able to free her through a prisoner exchange, but that she is not convinced that the government of her country is currently doing everything possible.
By the way, Griner's defense appealed against the original verdict and a new hearing in this case was scheduled for October 25.