“They Used Physical Force Against Me”: Brittney Griner Given “Minute to Minute” Advice To Avoid Attacks

Published 11/24/2022, 12:10 PM EST

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Fans don’t know what Brittney Griner is going through at the moment. All they know is that the WNBA star is serving her prison time in a penal colony situated in Yavas, Mordovia. Since the news of Griner’s transfer went public, several ex-inmates shared their experiences in the isolated prison. One such person is P*ssy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova.

While Tolokonnikova served her time at IK-14, she stated that she knew exactly what went down at Griner’s assigned penal colony. Griner would have to work for about 17 hours a day. If the inmates didn’t complete their daily work quota, the prison guards reportedly punished and tortured them. The prison authorities threatened Tolokonnikova several times to remain quiet about the abuses. However, she found the courage and went on a hunger strike as a form of protest. Her actions turned out to be fruitful as several authorities working at the prison got convicted for their actions. However, she is hopeful about Griner because the amount of media attention she is receiving could prevent her from getting tortured.


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“I wasn’t physically tortured. They used physical force against me, just to move me places, but they didn’t beat me. They didn’t r*pe me. Unfortunately, r*pe happens in IK-2 as well,” said Tolokonnikova.


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Furthermore, she suggested that Griner should take her imprisonment minute to minute. The reason is that Griner would never know when she could get attacked the way Tolokonnikova was. Lastly, she said how living in solitary confinement was better than having to live in ‘slave-like labor conditions.’

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Brittney Griner is currently in IK-2 Mordovia. In Nadya Tolokonnikova’s words, it is the ‘harshest colony in the whole Russian prison system’. The feminist and art performance group member recently appeared on MSNBC to share startling details of the Russian prison. She said that the everyday tasks included cooking, cleaning, and sewing army uniforms. While the tasks seem pretty easy, it is not.

The prisoners had to sew several army uniforms a day. However, the machines would be so old that the inmates would end up hurting themselves a few times. And since medical facilities are pretty non-existent, they would have to continue working despite the circumstances.


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Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.

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