Brittney Griner sent to Russia forced labor camp, attorneys unsure of her location

The White House said it has directed Russia to "improve her treatment and the conditions she may be forced to endure."

Published: November 9, 2022 7:02am

Updated: November 9, 2022 10:22am

U.S. professional basketball star Brittney Griner was moved to a forced labor camp in Russia, her attorneys said Wednesday. 

Griner, 32, was sentenced in August to nine years in prison after she was found guilty on drug possession charges for carrying cannabis vape cartridges at a Moscow-area airport.

Her legal team said Friday they do not know where the WNBA player is, nor do they know where she will be placed after she left the detention center Friday for a penal colony, the Associated Press reported.

They will be notified when she reaches her final destination but such transfers take days.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said early Wednesday morning that President Biden "has directed the Administration to prevail on her Russian captors to improve her treatment and the conditions she may be forced to endure in a penal colony" as the U.S. works to secure her release.

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