Brittney Griner Examines Russian Prison Conditions and Defines “Penal Colony”
The NBA, social media users, and US President Joe Biden were among those who expressed outrage over Brittney Griner’s nine-year prison sentence on Thursday. Biden called the verdict “unacceptable” and urged Russia to “immediately” release Griner.
In February, the same month that Russia invaded Ukraine, Griner was arrested for having vape cartridges filled with cannabis oil in a Moscow airport.
Although she is currently expected to serve her sentence in a penal colony, her attorneys intend to appeal the court’s ruling in an effort to have her returned to the US.
According to The New York Times, 684 of the 692 penitentiaries in Russia are penal colonies, which have different conditions than a typical prison.
The colonies, which feature barracks encircled by barbed-wire fencing, evolved from the frequently lethal forced-labor camps under former Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin to today’s model in which prisoners perform lighter labor like sewing military uniforms instead of mining.
As punishment for taking part in an unauthorized protest, Russian activist Konstantin Kotov was sentenced to 18 months in a penal colony in 2019.
The medical service is slow, he noted, claiming that he had to wait two months to have a rash examined that turned out to be scabies. He described the facilities as “pretty good” and the food as “more-or-less decent” in 2021, but he criticized the facilities as being “pretty good” and “more-or-less decent.”
Kotov told AP, “But that’s it in terms of good things.”
Inmates would receive harassment from prison guards at the penal colony where Kotov was housed for insignificant offenses like failing to shake an officer’s hand or failing to wear gloves in cold weather, he claimed.
The most significant aspect of these reprimands, he said last year, is that they are used to deny you the opportunity to receive parole.
You will serve the remainder of your sentence in prison because you failed to greet the officer.
According to AP, the brutal physical requirements were described by Dmitry Demushkin, a Russian nationalist leader who was imprisoned in a penal colony.
The detention system, he claimed, is significantly worse than beatings.
You can either stand for six to eight minutes.
This serves as an overview.