Stay updates: Russia’s conflict in Ukraine

Brittney Griner waits throughout a listening to in Khimki, Russia, in August. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool/AFP/Getty Photographs/File)

The US State Division is conscious of detained WNBA star Brittney Griner’s whereabouts, principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel mentioned Wednesday.

Patel mentioned they know the situation of Griner – who was transferred from Moscow to a penal colony — by way of legal professionals, and “formally the Russian Federation has nonetheless failed to supply any official notification for such a transfer of a US citizen, which we strongly protest.”

Patel didn’t present particulars on the place she has been moved, saying at a briefing, “our embassy and our mission in Moscow has continued to press for extra details about her switch and her present location and people requests proceed to be ongoing.”

He mentioned he was not conscious that anybody from the embassy had been capable of converse with Griner since her switch.

Bear in mind: Griner was convicted of intentionally smuggling medicine into Russia and sentenced to 9 years of jail time in August in a case that has raised issues she is being used as a political pawn in Russia’s conflict in opposition to Ukraine.

Decide Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki metropolis courtroom delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles, or about $16,400. She mentioned the courtroom took into consideration Griner’s partial request for forgiveness, regret for the deed, state of well being and charitable actions. Prosecutors had requested that she be sentenced to 9.5 years in jail.

Previous to the decision, Griner apologized to the courtroom and requested for leniency in an emotional speech.

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