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Brittany Griner waits during a hearing in Khimki, Russia, in August. (Evgenia Novogenina/Pool/AFP/Getty Images/File)

The US State Department is aware of WNBA star Brittany Griner taken into custody Where is it, Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said on Wednesday.

Patel said he knew the location of Griner—who had been transferred from Moscow to a penal colony—through lawyers, and that “formally the Russian Federation still has no official notification for such a move of a US citizen.” has failed to provide, which we strongly oppose.”

Patel, who did not give details of where he has been taken, told a briefing, “Our embassy and our mission in Moscow have continued to press for more information about his transfer and his current location and those requests are ongoing.” “

He said he was not aware that anyone at the embassy had been able to speak with Griner since his transfer.

remember: Griner was convicted of knowingly smuggling drugs into Russia and sentenced in August to nine years in prison in a case that raised concerns. Used as a political pawn in Russia’s war against Ukraine,

Khimki city court judge Anna Sotnikova handed down the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles, or about $16,400. She said that the court took into account Griner’s partial admission of guilt, remorse for the deed, state of health and charitable activities. Prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to 9.5 years in prison.

before the verdict, Griner apologized to the court And asked to be soft in emotional speech.