Brittney Griner faces bleak life in Russian penal colony

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By Mark Trevelyan, Filipp Lebedev and Simon Lewis LONDON, (Reuters) – Tedious manual work, poor hygiene and lack of access to medical care – such are the conditions awaiting U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner in a Russian penal colony after she lost her appeal last week against a nine-year drug sentence. It’s a World familiar to Maria Alyokhina, a member of feminist art ensemble Pussy Riot who spent nearly two years as an inmate for her part in a 2012 punk protest in a Moscow cathedral against President Vladimir Putin. The first thing to understand, Alyokhina said in an interview, is that a …

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