Practically two weeks after WNBA star Brittney Griner was transferred to a distant penal colony, the Russian authorities has but to formally notify the White Home of her precise location, the State Division mentioned Tuesday.
Principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel was requested this week about Griner’s exact whereabouts after her authorized staff confirmed that she had been moved out of a detention heart simply exterior of Moscow on Nov. 4 to a distant penal colony to serve out her nine-year jail sentence on drug smuggling fees.
“We’re conscious of the stories of her location and in frequent contact with Ms. Griner’s authorized staff, however the Russian Federation has nonetheless failed to supply any official notification for such a transfer of a U.S. citizen, which we strongly protest and disagree with,” Patel mentioned throughout a press briefing.
“Our mission in our embassy in Russia has continued to press for extra details about her switch and her particular present location. Following this sham trial and the unjust sentencing, the Russian Federation is transferring her from a jail to a distant penal colony.”
State Division spokesman Ned Value mentioned final week that Russia has nonetheless “not engaged with the seriousness of objective” relating to Griner’s release because it pertains to the “substantial proposal” the White Home put forth over the summer season.
“The truth that Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner stay behind bars — Brittney Griner for some 10 months now, Paul Whelan for greater than three years now — is a testomony to the truth that this course of has not moved as shortly as we might have preferred,” Value mentioned on the time.
In line with Griner’s attorneys, she left a detention heart exterior of Moscow earlier this month, however her precise location is unknown. In line with The Related Press, transfers to penal colonies, often in distant components of Russia, can take days and even weeks with restricted to no contact.