Brittney Griner Is Moved to Russian Penal Colony

U.S. basketball star is hoping to be released in a prisoner swap and avoid serving her entire sentence in Russia

A Moscow court declined to overrule a drug conviction of U.S. WNBA player Brittney Griner on Tuesday. The two-time Olympian will serve nine years in a penal colony for the possession and smuggling of less than a gram of hashish oil. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press

MOSCOW—U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Russia to serve the remainder of a nine-year drugs conviction, dashing supporters’ hopes that she might be freed in a prisoner swap before having to do hard time.

Ms. Griner’s legal team said Wednesday that she was moved on Nov. 4 from a detention center outside the Russian capital where she had been held since her February arrest and is on her way to a penal colony.

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