WNBA star Britney Greiner has moved to a Russian forced labor camp

WNBA star Brittney Griner transferred to a Russian forced labor camp, Nearly nine months after the basketball player was arrested in Russia for allegedly possessing cannabis oil.

The development is the latest update after the Griner attraction for She ruled for 9 years A Russian court denied it last month. White House A statement was issued early Wednesday morning condemning the move.

“Every minute that Britney Grenier has to endure unlawful detention in Russia takes a very minute,” White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said in the statement.

“As the administration continues to work tirelessly to secure her release, the president has directed the administration to persuade her Russian captors to improve her treatment and the conditions she may have to endure in a penal colony,” the statement continued.

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FILE - Two-time WNBA Olympic gold medalist Britney Greiner is escorted from the courtroom after a hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2022.

FILE – Two-time WNBA Olympic gold medalist Britney Greiner is escorted from the courtroom after a hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Jean-Pierre concluded, “The US government is unwavering in its commitment to its work on behalf of Britney and other Americans detained in Russia – including her fellow illegally detained Paul Whelan.”

Greiner will face harsh conditions in the forced labor camp, and it will be difficult for her family to contact her or even find out exactly where she is. According to her agent, Lindsey Colas, Greiner’s team is in close contact with the US government and the Richardson Center, an organization that works on the release of US detainees.

“Our primary concern remains BG [Brittney Griner’s] “Health and well-being,” Lindsay Colas said Wednesday.

“As we work through this very difficult phase of not knowing exactly where BG is or how it operates, we are asking for the public’s support in continuing to write letters and express their love and care for her,” Griner’s agent added.

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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Britney Greiner poses for photos as she poses in a cage in a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, August 4, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Britney Greiner poses for photos as she poses in a cage in a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, August 4, 2022.
(Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)

Grenier was visiting Russia to compete in the WBNA offseason tournament in February when Russian authorities found cannabis oil in her bags. She was immediately arrested for possession of vape cartridges and later sentenced to nine years in prison.

On Grenier’s 32nd birthday last month, her representatives released a statement thanking her supporters.

“Thank you all for fighting so hard to get me home,” Greiner said from prison, according to the statement. “All the support and love is definitely helping me.”

The US government has been engaged in prisoner exchange talks with Russia, but there appears to be no tangible progress. Author of “Putin” Rebecca Kovler Fox News said strained relations over the Russia-Ukraine war had affected the negotiations.

White House Press Secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press conference at the White House in Washington.

White House Press Secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press conference at the White House in Washington.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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“This is another case that shows that Americans are not safe in Russia, especially Americans of Russian descent and especially now when relations between Moscow and Washington are at the lowest point in history, including the Cold War,” the intelligence expert said last month. .

Reuters and Fox News’ Ryan Gaydus and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

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