Brittney Griner Is Facing "Terrible" Life Inside Russian Penal Colony

After losing her appeal, Brittney Griner will have to spend nearly a decade in a Russian prison.

The basketballer was sentenced to remain behind bars for nine years, and reportedly, she has been sent to a penal colony in Yavas.


Allegedly, prisoners have lost fingers in the penal colony, where they also have to do hard labor for long hours.

A report by the media claimed that inmates have to work for about 12 to 16 hours every day with only lunch and toilet breaks.

The prisoners have to meet very high quotas but the salary is shared among several inmates. Therefore, the inmates only manage to make several hundred roubles every month.

In court, she pleaded guilty to the drug charges she was facing. However, she insisted that she did not "deliberately" break the law.

She has been in detention in Russia since February. She admitted she was guilty of possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is a crime in Russia.

Her wife Cherelle wrote on social media saying she did not think that a time would come when the president of the United States and a foreign president would have to discuss her wife's freedom.

Cherelle claimed that she felt like Griner was a hostage. She also claimed she was terrified because of things she sees in movies.

According to her, "those situations don't end well. Sometimes they never get their person back."

The athlete had explained in court that the cartridges ended up in her bag by accident as she rushed to pack her things.

"I'd like to plead guilty, your honor, but there was no intent. I didn't want to break the law."


The media reported that Griner's team had submitted a letter from a medical center that had allowed her to use cannabis to manage her chronic pain.

They also offered test results that showed that the athlete had "severe chronic pain."


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According to the United States, Griner has been "wrongfully detained."