Brittney Griner Faces 'Psychological Warfare' in Russian Penal Colony, Says Former Prisoner Sarah Krivanek
"The plus for Brittney is that she has a support system," says Krivanek, who predicts "the other inmates" will "back off" when they notice the outside attention she's receivingSarah Krivanek, an American woman who was released from a Russian penal colony on Nov. 7, is sharing frightening new details about the conditions Brittney Griner will face while serving her nine-year sentence.
WNBA star Brittney Griner is finally released from Russian prison after she was sentenced for possession of cannabis oil.
The athletic community in Tyler feels personally touched by her return.
"Brittney Griner is one of those public figures that we know personally through sports and through being an African American female and African American athlete, through playing pro basketball and playing overseas, too. So her story kind of touched me in a different way", said Tyler Junior College women's basketball head coach Trenia Tellis Hoard.
This return home was able to happen through a prison swap deal for Viktor Bout. Texas politicians are raising concerns for not including former Marine Paul Whelan in this swap.
Brittney Griner release: How the White House says it happened
The White House offered more details on Thursday about how President Joe Biden and U.S. officials were able to secure WNBA star Brittney Griner's return from Russia. White House spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the deal "really came to fruition in the last week or so.
"I am concerned that the individual who was traded for Brittney Griner is someone who was actually an arms dealer who was selling arms to people who want to kill Americans. That's very dangerous," said State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler.
For Tellis Hoard, this serves as a lesson for her team to learn from. And as for Whelan’s future, all we can do is hope he finds freedom like Britney Griner has.
"President Biden said that they will continue to try to bring Paul home in my prayers that that will happen." Schaefer said.
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