Brittney Griner begins transfer to Russian penal colony, attorneys say

US women’s basketball star Brittney Griner is being moved to a Russian penal colony where she is due to serve the remainder of a nine-year drug smuggling sentence that was upheld in late October.

Griner “is now on her way to a penal colony,” her attorneys said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.

Last month, Griner lost her appeal of her sentence. She was detained in February and convicted in August of smuggling drugs into Russia.

She has repeatedly apologized for bringing a small amount of cannabis into the country, where she played basketball in the off-season.