Brittney Griner’s lawyers have given a grim update on how the “woke” WNBA star is coping in a Russian prison.
Griner is reportedly complaining to her lawyers about the conditions in the gulag and fears she may have to complete her full nine-year sentence.
“She has not been in as good condition as I could sometimes find her in,” her lawyer, Alexandr D. Boykov, said.
Boykov said Griner is only allowed outside for one hour a day and has to share a small cell with two other inmates.
“She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to take her home,” Boykov said.
“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.
“She suffers a lot without her family because she hasn’t seen them for so long and it’s very difficult to talk to them in any way.”
The news comes come after Democrat President Joe Biden threw cold water on Griner’s hopes of soon returning home.
As Slay News reported earlier, Biden confirmed that he won’t take further action to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Griner’s release.
According to The New York Times:
Ms. Griner was also reading a biography of the rock band the Rolling Stones, Ms. Kalugina said, adding that she sometimes also played a game with her cellmates that is similar to the board game Battleship.
Ms. Kalugina said that in Ms. Griner’s lockup, a pretrial detention center inside Correctional Colony No. 1, women were allowed to shower twice a week.
She also said that, when they met, Ms. Griner had told her she was suffering from pain including headaches.
Mr. Boykov said that the prison was dated and uncomfortable. “It’s an old building, and made of stone,” he noted.
“When it is hot outside, it’s too hot, and when it’s cold outside, it is too cold.”
According to Axios:
Russia confirmed in August that it was negotiating with the U.S. about a potential prisoner exchange.
“Not with Putin,” President Biden said Wednesday when asked if there had been any progress on a potential meeting with the Russian president to discuss Griner’s case, per a White House pool report.
Griner’s spouse, Cherelle Griner, said in an interview earlier this month that Griner had suffered to “the max.”