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Basketball star's 'inhumane' conditions jailed in Russia: hard work and overcrowding in 3m with 40 prisoners

Basketball star’s ‘inhumane’ conditions jailed in Russia: hard work and overcrowding in 3m with 40 prisoners

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Justice of Russia csigned on August 4 at Nine years in prison for American basketball player Brittney Griner for drug possession and trafficking. The judge, Anna Sotnikovaconsidered the athlete “guilty of committing the crime” stipulated by Articles 228 and 229.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (possession and trafficking of narcotics).

A “mistake” which cost her dearly after having to face difficult conditions in one of the “35 penal colonies for women in Russia”, as revealed Ivan Melnikov, Vice President of the Russian Department of the International Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, at People.

After being sentenced to nine years for introducing cannabis oil into vaping cartridges on Russian territory, the situation of Brittney Griner raises serious concerns. As human rights organizations point out,The prison cells she is in have just over 3 meters of private space, and most prison colonies house between 40 and 60 women who sleep in bunks.

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