On Wednesday, the lawyer of WNBA Star Brittaney Griner had an interview with the New York Times where he outlined Griner’s grim position. Griner spends 23 hours a day in a tiny Russian cell with two other inmates.
Griner’s lawyer Alexandr D. Boykov explained how her two cellmates are both English speakers who are also in jail on drug charges like Grine. She said she is only outdoors once a day and that the prison rules state that inmates are only allowed to shower twice a week.
The WNBA star is awaiting the Moscow region court to hear the appeal of her nine-year prison sentence on Oct. 25 as a result of her being caught at the airport by Russian authorities for having vape canisters with cannabis oil inside her luggage.
REPORT: Brittney Griner spends 23 hours a day in a tiny Russian cell with two other inmates.
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Boykov added more worry to her supporters saying, “She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to take her home. She is very worried about what the price of that will be, and she is afraid that she will have to serve the whole sentence here in Russia.”
“Perhaps the verdict will somehow be changed and, perhaps, the sentence will be reduced, because the decision taken by the first court is very different from judicial practice,” he said. “Considering all the circumstances, taking into account my client’s personality traits and her admission of guilt, such a verdict should be absolutely impossible.”
Boykov outlined more in the interview including more information about the prison conditions, such as its old age and lack of insolation. He also added comments on how much she misses her family back home and its effect on her.
Although President Biden has consistently voiced his support for Griner and her family he recently started discussions with Russia and Putin was not in his purview saying “I don’t see any rationale to meet with him now.”
Brittney’s wife, Cherelle Griner, said that Brittany is “at her absolute weakest moment in life right now,” and fears that she will be forgotten in Russia.
“She’s, like, saying things to me like, ‘My life just don’t even matter no more,'” Cherelle said. “You know, ‘I feel like my life just doesn’t matter. Like, I’m just being tossed around, like, for people’s enjoyment and gain.'”
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