Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison just a couple of months ago. This sentence came after Griner pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges. As many of you know, Griner had been detained in Russia since February.
Griner was placed in custody after being caught with Cannabis oil at the airport. This is a big no-no in Russia, and the WNBA star was swiftly punished for it. This has led to numerous efforts to bring her home. Her family, the WNBA, and even the White House are trying to bring her back to America, although there is no timeline for when it will happen.
Unfortunately, Griner’s detainment is only getting worse. According to a report from Fox News, she has been transferred to a forced labor camp. Her whereabouts will be unknown for the next little while, and she will not be able to contact her family.
This is a distressing situation for everyone involved, including the U.S. Government. They have tried to negotiate some sort of prisoner swap but to no avail. According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, this is not something that is being taken lightly.
The U.S. Speaks Out
“Every minute that Brittney Griner must endure wrongful detention in Russia is a minute too long,” she said. “As the Administration continues to work tirelessly to secure her release, the President 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.
“The U.S. Government is unwavering in its commitment to its work on behalf of Brittney and other Americans detained in Russia – including fellow wrongful detainee Paul Whelan.”
Overall, this is an incredibly sad situation that won’t be resolved immediately. Additionally, this is awful for Griner’s mental health, as she will now have to endure horrid conditions in an unknown labor camp. Hopefully, some sort of resolution is found soon.
Stay tuned to HNHH for updates on this developing story.