American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia after being found guilty of drug offenses, has been moved to a penal colony about 500 kilometres (300 miles) southeast of Moscow, according to her attorneys.
After being detained at a Moscow airport in February with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage, Griner was sentenced in August. On November 4, she was transferred from a detention facility close to Moscow to a secret prison location.
According to her legal team, Griner was brought to Female Penal Colony IK-2 in the town of Yavas in the Mordovia area, which is in agreement with a previous Reuters report.
‘Brittney started serving her term in IK-2 in Mordovia, we can confirm. We went to see her this week,’ in a statement, attorneys Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boikov said.
They said, ‘Brittney is doing as well as can be expected and is attempting to maintain her strength as she adjusts to a new environment.’