WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony, her attorneys and agent mentioned Thursday.
Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, about 350 kilometres east of Moscow, after a Russian courtroom final month rejected her enchantment of her sentence.
Her attorneys mentioned they visited her earlier this week.
“Brittney is doing in addition to could possibly be anticipated and making an attempt to remain sturdy as she adapts to a brand new atmosphere,” her attorneys mentioned in a press release.
At her trial, Griner admitted to having the canisters in her baggage however testified she packed them inadvertently in her haste to make her flight and had no prison intent. Her defence staff offered written statements saying she had been prescribed hashish to deal with power ache.
The Biden administration has been making an attempt for months to barter the discharge of Griner and one other American jailed in Russia, Michigan company safety government Paul Whelan. Whelan was additionally despatched to a penal colony in Mordovia after being convicted of espionage-related fees in 2020 and sentenced to 16 years in jail.
WATCH | Courtroom rejects Griner’s sentencing enchantment: