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.
“She will likely remain there for the duration of her appeal, which could be up to three months if she is not pardoned and exchanged sooner, but if her appeal fails she could be sent to another colony,” said Ivan Melnikov.
He added in an interview with People: “I hope they send him to a colony with a lenient governor”. Furthermore, he explained that Griner was forced to work inside the prison and perform tasks such as sewing, cleaning, cooking and serving food, although due to her career as a WNBA player, she can train other inmates. This type of work, they receive a salary of 175 dollars per month.
Business and work
“They wake up at six in the morning. They wash, dress, make their beds, stand to attention for check-in, and start the eight-hour workday.relates Melinkov.
Sewing, cleaning, cooking, serving… The Olympic champion has to do all of this: “Normally, they work as seamstresses. In their free time, about two hours a day, they can chat, read a book, write letters, play sports. Additionally, note that the situation is very complicated because food and medical care are scarce: tuberculosis is a common disease in the Russian colonies.
“Many prisoners and prisoners andThey are malnourished because of the lack of food. In addition, medical care is poor. with which many of those deprived of liberty need their loved ones to send them food or basic toiletries,” he added.
A very difficult situation that the player’s wife, Cherelle Griner hopes it will be over soon after receiving Joe Biden’s promise to bring her home.
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