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Brittney Griner taken to penal colony in Mordovia region in Russia: Report

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According to Reuters, Brittney Griner, an American who the U.S. government believes was unjustly detained by Russia, has been transported to a penal colony in the Russian province of Mordovia.

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Griner, a WNBA superstar who was taken into custody by Russian authorities in the middle of February.

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In the end, she admitted to bringing vape cartridges with very small amounts of cannabis oil. Currently, she is at Yavas' Female Penal Colony IK-2, which is 300 miles southeast of Moscow.

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We are in constant contact with Ms. Griner's legal counsel and are aware of reports regarding her whereabouts. We vehemently protest the Russian Federation's continued failure to issue any official notification for such a move by a U.S. citizen.

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The embassy has persisted in asking for more details regarding her transfer and whereabouts, a State Department spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.

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A Russian appeals court upheld the verdict in late October. Griner, who had participated in women's professional basketball in Russia during the WNBA offseason, was given a nine-year prison sentence on August 4. This was one year less than the maximum sentence.

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