Brittney Griner, who was arrested last February at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on charges of carrying hashish oil in her luggage, has disappeared, and her family does not know where she has been transferred. On 4 August, the Moscow court sentenced the player to nine years in prison and a fine of one million rubles.
Last month, the court in Kransnogorsk, near Moscow, dismissed the appeal filed by Brittney Griner's lawyers, explaining that, under Russian law, it is a fair sentence. Brittney Griner's legal team said: "She was transferred from the Iksha Detention Center on November 4.
She is now on her way to a penal colony. We have no information about her exact current location or her final destination." Casabianca spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, added: "Every minute Brittney Griner faces unlawful detention in Russia is one minute too long.
As the administration continues to work tirelessly to secure her release, the president has ordered the 'administration to persuade the Russians to improve her treatment and the conditions she might be forced to endure in a penal colony.
illegal acts of American citizens."
Brittney Griner is missing: the family doesn't know where she was moved
Lindsay Colas, player's agent: "Our primary concern continues to be Brittney's health and well-being."
The Russian penal colonies are notorious for their lack of hygiene and access to medical care is very difficult. A case that has aroused the indignation of the United States in an already tense context for the war in Ukraine.
The White House said the United States has made a substantial offer to Russia to settle the case. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and NBA women's champion, was in Russia to play on the Yekaterinburg professional team.
She explained that the cannabis in vaping cartridges was used to treat her pain from her sports injuries, but Russia does not allow medical use.