Diplomat Sparks Renewed Hope For Brittney Griner Prisoner Exchange


Not all hope is lost, after all. According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Russia is not turning its back on the possibility of a prisoner exchange with the U.S. As reported by the New York Post, Ryabkov told reporters that there is “always a chance” when asked about the likelihood of a swap taking place before the end of the year. However, he noted that in the past, there had been multiple instances when it seemed as if Russia would agree to a swap, only for the plan to fall apart. If the prisoner swap does take place, Ryabkov said it would “send a positive signal that not everything is hopeless in Russian-American relations.”

In the meantime, it looks like Brittney Griner has her work cut out for her. Maria Alyokhina, a former member of the band Pussy Riot, didn’t mince words when she spoke to NPR about her own experience at a Russian penal colony. “It has a bit better conditions than [the] original gulag system from the 1950s,” she said, but added that it’s still “a labor camp.” She described the grim reality she endured while serving out her own sentence, calling it inhumane. “For 100 women, there are like three toilets and no hot water,” she recalled, adding that the penal colony is merely a “legal slavery system.”

According to a statement released by her lawyers (via BBC), she is trying her best to survive and is “doing as well as could be expected and trying to stay strong as she adapts to a new environment.”

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