American Brittney Griner was arrested in Moscow in February for possession of cannabis oil. She was sentenced to 9 years in prison. There seems to be no end in sight now that she has been transferred to a Russian penal colony. Bizarre!
Although her lawyers are fighting for her release on appeal and Biden is also demanding this, she is transferred to a kind of penal camp. And all because she had cannabis oil with her at the Moscow airport for her vape.
The top athlete appealed against the court decision in August. At the end of October, however, this was rejected, with the judge only needing a few minutes for the verdict. The verdict remained unchanged, taking into account the fact that she has been incarcerated since March.
There was previously talk that Griner might be part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington. Nothing is known about that yet. There would be a possible trade with arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving his sentence in the US. Paul Wheland may also be part of the trade. He was arrested in 2020 and sentenced to XNUMX years in prison for alleged espionage. However, this now seems to be gone.
Penalty camp for possession of cannabis oil
In early November, Griner was transferred to a penal colony. Where is unknown. These are known for poor hygienic conditions, heavy physical labor and very poor access to health care. Her situation appears to have deteriorated even further.
US President Joe Biden calls on Moscow to improve its living conditions. Jake Sullivan, the White House's national security adviser, previously said Griner remains illegally incarcerated in unacceptable conditions.
Source: bbc.com (EN)