Russia is moving Brittney Griner to a penal colony. What you need to know.

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner before a Russian court reached a verdict in her drug case. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
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WNBA star Brittney Griner has been sent to a penal colony in Mordovia, more than 300 miles southwest of Moscow, her lawyers said this week, after a court rejected an appeal of her 9½-year prison sentence on drug charges.

“Brittney is doing as well as could be expected and trying to stay strong as she adapts to a new environment,” they said in a statement.

When news of her transfer first came to light earlier this month, the White House said that President Biden had directed his administration to “prevail on her Russian captors to improve her treatment and the conditions she may be forced to endure in a penal colony,” a type of Russian prison facility known for its brutal conditions.

Here’s what you need to know about the Russian prison facilities.