Russia’s Continued Wrongful Detention of Brittney Griner
U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner is on her way to a remote Russian penal colony.
That's according to her lawyers, who don't know exactly where she's being taken.
President Biden says he is determined to get her home and that he hopes Russia will be ready to negotiate a prisoner swap. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Layers of injustice - that's how State Department spokesperson Ned Price describes Brittney Griner's legal saga in Russia.
NED PRICE: Brittney Griner has endured a sham trial, unjust sentencing and now the transfer from a prison to a remote penal colony.
It's just another injustice layered on top of her ongoing, unjust and wrongful detention.
KELEMEN: U.S. officials don't know where the Russians are taking Griner, nor do her lawyers. It could be a couple of weeks before Russia notifies the U.S. about where she's due to serve her nine-year prison term.
PRICE: We expect Russian authorities to provide our embassy with regular, consistent access to all U.S. citizens detained in Russia. That, of course, includes Brittney Griner. And they're obligated to do so.