Brittney Griner begins transfer to Russian penal colony, lawyers say


American basketball star Brittney Griner is in the process of being moved to a Russian penal colony, where she will serve the remainder of a nine-year drug-trafficking sentence that was upheld in late October.

Griner “is now headed to a penal colony,” her lawyers said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.

“We have no information about her exact current location or her final destination,” said lawyers Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov.

“In accordance with standard Russian procedure, the lawyers as well as the US Embassy should be notified when she arrives at her destination. Notification is given via official mail and usually takes up to two weeks to be received.”

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