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What awaits Brittney Griner in Russian penal colony?

US basketball player Brittney Griner has been sent to a Russian penal colony in a remote region south-east of Moscow to serve a nine-year jail term for illegal drug possession. She joins tens of thousands of Russian women behind bars – and no-one knows how long she will serve, as…...

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Brittney Griner Is Headed to a Truly Horrific Place

Crowded barracks, limited access to health care, grueling labor and abusive inmates and staff — these are just some of the things that Brittney Griner, the WNBA star sentenced to nine-and-a-half years over less than a gram of cannabis oil in a vape cartridge, could expect to find in a…...

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Russian court orders detention and deportation of U.S. woman in assault case

RYAZAN, Russia, Nov 10 (Reuters) – A Russian court on Thursday ordered U.S. citizen Sarah Krivanek to be detained for 30 days before being deported to the United States in a case where she was imprisoned for almost 11 months on charges of assaulting her partner. The decision was taken…...

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Thousands of Russian Prisoners Choose a High Risk of Death as Mercenaries in Ukraine

Sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in the penal colony IK-7 in St. Petersburg, Andrey Yastrebov could not think of much else than how to get out. When the recruiters of PMC Wagner—Russia’s notorious private military company—showed up looking for volunteers, he took his chance. He signed up and became part…...

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Jailed American Sarah Krivanek Writes from Russian Penal Colony: ‘My Soul Is in Torment’

PEOPLE has exclusively obtained four letters that 46-year-old American Sarah Krivanek addressed to loved ones back home, expressing concern for how she’ll return to the U.S. when her sentence ends.| By Juliet ButlerPublished on October 19, 2022 12:30 PM In letters sent to loved ones back home, jailed American Sarah Krivanek writes: “my…...

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In the Ukraine war, a shadowy key player emerges: Russia’s private army of mercenaries

OCT. 5, 2022 BERLIN – As Russia suffers one devastating military setback after another in Ukraine, a key player in the conflict is stepping out of the shadows: the private army known as the Wagner Group. Despite the Kremlin’s longtime practice of publicly distancing itself from the paramilitary organization, Wagner mercenaries —…...

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