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Russian Prison Brittney Griner Will Possibly Stay at Is ‘Bleak at Best’

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Brittney Griner is currently in the position of appealing her sentence, but for the time being, the facility where she might be staying has been revealed.

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And it’s not good.

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Scroll down to see what the facility looks like…

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Brittney Griner has been sentenced to 9 years in prison.

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She was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling with criminal intent by a Russian court.

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Griner has been in Russian custody since being detained in February.

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This came after the Russian Federal Customs Service found vape cartridges containing hashish oil, a marijuana concentrate, in her luggage.

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In her final plea to the court, Griner said: “I never meant to hurt anybody.”

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“I never meant to put in jeopardy the Russian population. I never meant to break any laws here. I made an honest mistake and I hope that in your ruling that it doesn’t end my life here.”

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The Texas-born professional basketball player’s defense team has slammed the verdict…

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The New York Times reported that they called it “absolutely unreasonable.”

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They also said they they will “certainly file an appeal.”

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Griner was also fined 1 million rubles (around $16,300) by the court.

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The US government is apparently doing everything it can to get Griner home…

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But its not only the government who is trying to help Griner…

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Professional basketball player Kyrie Irving also called out President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to issue more information on the matter…

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And his series of tweets have gone viral on the internet.

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“What is truly happening with our Queen @brittneygriner @POTUS @VP?

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 “Please give us an Update,” he added.

And it’s not only Irving who has raised a voice out loud…

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“Anyone that goes back to Russia to play is insane. Praying for BG man…this is breaking my heart seeing her right now 😔😔😔,” wrote WNBA star Lexie Brown.

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Ex-NFL star Robert Griffin also expressed his opinion in favor of Brittney.

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“BRING BRITTNEY GRINER HOME!!!” tweeted Griffin.

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The NBA and WNBA released a joint statement too and according to TMZ it said: “Griner’s verdict and sentencing was unjustified and unfortunate,” but noted that the organization “will stop at nothing to make sure she comes home.”

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But the support for Griner didn’t stop there…

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Even Justin Bieber has let out how he feels about the matter.

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“If anyone knows of anyway (sic) I can help please let me know,” Bieber wrote.

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However, it was previously reported that the USA made a “very good offer” to bring Brittney back home.

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And now, the facility that she could be staying at until she is transferred to serve her sentence, has been revealed.

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It’s the same facility just outside Moscow, where she has spent the last 6 months.

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It’s called Correctional Colony No. 1 or IK-1, and it does not look good.

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It’s even been dubbed, “bleak at best.”

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According to a report by the New York Times, the building used to be a former orphanage that was converted into a prison 10 years ago.

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And it’s just as bad as it sounds.

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Covered by a blanket of snow, the dismal grey building is far worse than the typical prison you’d expect here in the U.S.

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The building, surrounded by barbed wire, also holds a sewing factory, where the prisoners work, and a Russian Orthodox church. There is also a monument to the Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in the courtyard.

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Journalist Yekaterina Kalugina visited Griner while she was there and revealed the everyday routine of prisoners.

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Kalugina said that the majority of the inmate’s days are monotonous.

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Mainly consisting of reading or watching Russian television.

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They are reportedly only allowed to wash twice a week too.

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A video of the facility has also been shared on Youtube.

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You can watch it here.

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