Trevor Reed, an American citizen recently released from a Russian prison, told CNN that WNBA star Britney Griner would face a “serious threat” to her health if she was sent to an internment camp. rice field.
News promotion: “It’s clear that anyone in a forced labor camp in Russia faces a serious threat to their health because of malnutrition,” he told CNN in an interview. Little or no medical attention.”
- Reid said tuberculosis was a disease “endemic in Russian prisons” and that “there is now a Russian disease that is almost extinct in the United States.”
Flashback: Reid, a Marine veteran who was released in a prisoner exchange earlier this year, spent 985 days in a Russian prison after being accused of assaulting a Russian law enforcement official, USA Today reports.
- Read was sentenced to nine years in a labor camp and developed health problems during his stay there, including multiple cases of COVID-19. According to USA Today, he previously described conditions in the concentration camps as “medieval.”
Big picture: Griner was convicted of drug charges by a Russian court last week and sentenced to nine years in prison, reports Ivana Saric of Axios.
- About six months after her arrest at a Russian airport, authorities said they found e-cigarette cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage.
What’s next: Griner may appeal the decision, which means she will remain in detention until the decision is finalized, Reid told CNN. Otherwise, she could be sent to a labor camp. .
- But Russia could leave her in Moscow if a prisoner exchange is being considered, he added.
- “The verdict is clearly political. You can’t deny it,” Reed said of the Griner case.