In Russia’s ‘Land of Prison’ Where Brittney Griner Is Held

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The Moscow Times

The news that American basketball player Brittney Griner had arrived in the IK-2 penal colony in Mordovia, also known as the Russian “land of prisons,” left locals rather unmoved. The double Olympic gold medalist was handed nine years in prison in August for drug possession and trafficking over possessing vape cartridges with a small quantity of cannabis oil. Griner maintains she was using it to relieve pain from injuries with her doctor’s permission, while her supporters say she is a geopolitical hostage. “We usually get detainees deemed ‘particularly dangerous’ here,” said ex-convict turned …

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