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Brittney Griner’s appeal of a 9-year prison sentence rejected by Russian courts

A Russian court denied Brittney Griner's appeal for a reduced prison sentence Tuesday. Though the WNBA superstar and two-time Olympic gold medalist did "not expect any miracles," she maintained some hope that the judges on the case would "hear the arguments of the defense and reduce the number of years" she'd have to spend in one of Russia's infamous penal colonies. Instead, Griner's worst nightmare was reinforced.

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    A ‘FRUSTRATING’ UPDATE IN GRINER’S SAGA

    Unless the Russian government agrees to a prisoner exchange with the US, Griner will serve nine years in one of Russia's infamous penal colonies, which are prison-labor camps that are essentially the remnants of the Soviet Union's infamous Gulag system.

    Brittney Griner lost her appeal and will now begin a 9-year sentence in one of Russia's infamous penal colonies

    Brittney Griner lost her appeal and will now begin a 9-year sentence in one of Russia's infamous penal colonies

    GRINER WAS ALREADY STRUGGLING IN RUSSIAN PRISON

    Brittney Griner's Russian imprisonment has been worse than she imagined, new details about her detainment reveal

    Brittney Griner's Russian imprisonment has been worse than she imagined, new details about her detainment reveal

    The eight-time WNBA All-Star is facing particularly harsh — and bordering on inhumane — conditions at the Russian penal colony where she's been wrongfully detained for eight months on drug smuggling charges, a new report reveals. From infrequent showers to regular headaches, Griner is struggling as her detainment drags on.

    griner was first detained EIGHT months ago

    The WNBA All-Star was first arrested in February, when customs agents at a Moscow airport found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. Ever since, Griner has been navigating an inconsistent Russian legal system known to be hostile towards Americans.

    A GLIMMER OF HOPE

    As Griner’s situation transpired, the US proposed an unorthodox prisoner swap in exchange for her release and a fellow American also detained in Russia, Paul Whelan. American government officials have maintained that they’ve yet to receive a serious counteroffer out of Moscow.

    ADVOCATING FOR GRINER’S FREEDOM

    Top WNBA players are reportedly turning down million-dollar salaries to play in Russia to protest Brittney Griner's imprisonment — eyeing other countries like Turkey and Hungary

    Top WNBA players are reportedly turning down million-dollar salaries to play in Russia to protest Brittney Griner's imprisonment — eyeing other countries like Turkey and Hungary

    WNBA players are deciding not to play in Russia during the offseason amid Brittney Griner's imprisonment in the country — eyeing other countries, like Turkey and Hungary, instead. Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot, and Jonquel Jones, all of who have played for Russia's UMMC Ekaterinburg team with Griner, are opting out of playing in the country this winter, according to The Associated Press.

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