Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been moved from a detention center outside of Moscow to a Russian penal colony to begin serving her nine-year sentence for having inadvertently carried less than a gram of cannabis oil in her suitcase when traveling to Moscow to finish her 7th season with a Russian basketball team. 

Griner’s legal team said in a statement that her "exact current location or her final destination was unknown and that they expected to be notified through official mail, along with the U.S. Embassy, once she arrives – a process that can take up to two weeks. 

The move follows a Russian appeals court decision to uphold Griner's conviction on drug smuggling charges last month, which the White House called sham justice.

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