Brittney Griner taken to penal colony in Russia’s Mordovia region – lawyers

(Reuters) – U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner has been taken to a penal colony in the Russian region of Mordovia, her lawyers said in a statement on Thursday.

Reuters had earlier reported the transfer, citing a source familiar with the case. In August, Griner was sentenced to nine years on drugs charges following her arrest at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by David Ljunggren and Jonathan Oatis)

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