The OTHER American woman jailed in Russia who you’ve never heard of

While Brittney Griner’s Russian incarceration dominates headlines, one other American lady is sitting behind bars in the identical jail ready for the world to take the identical – or no less than some – curiosity in her case. 

Sarah Krivanek, often known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old instructor and mom from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since final yr, when she was arrested for assaulting her abusive, drunk Russian boyfriend Mikhail Karavaev.

He had overwhelmed her up in a drunken rage and he or she retaliated by slicing him within the nostril. Russian media states that she tried to slice it off, however she insists it was nothing greater than a scratch. 

The boyfriend has tried to retract his police declare however Sarah stays incarcerated. Her buddies at the moment are pleading for the White House to take discover in her case, which stays unresolved. 

Griner was yesterday sentenced to 9 years behind bars for smuggling a hashish pen into the nation. She was detained at Moscow airport shortly after arriving on a flight from the US. The 31-year-old WNBA star is aware of Russia nicely, having performed a number of off-seasons there. 

Sarah Krivanek, also known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old teacher and mother from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since last year

Sarah Krivanek, often known as Sarah Rae Burns and Sarah Duncan, is a 46-year-old instructor and mom from Colorado who has been behind bars in Moscow since final yr

Sarah's arrest came as the result of a bust-up with her alcoholic boyfriend Mikhail Karavev (shown)

Sarah’s arrest got here as the results of a bust-up together with her alcoholic boyfriend Mikhail Karavev (proven) 

Sarah, 46, had been dwelling in Colorado Springs, Colorado, however is a California native. She moved to Russia in 2017 after divorcing her army husband and he or she started educating English to Russian youngsters. 

She and her boyfriend Mikhail Karavaev had a troubled and abusive relationship. Friends of hers informed NewsNation’s Banfield that she informed them how he would recurrently beat her up. 

Krivanek was considerably of an open guide on social media, posting medical reviews which detailed the accidents he allegedly gave her, and speaking usually about home violence. 

In November, the pair’s violent relationship took its worst flip. A day after he broke her fingers, she took a knife to his nostril, scratching it however not doing everlasting harm.

He referred to as the police and he or she was arrested then launched on bail, ordered to return to court docket at a later date. 

Krivanek’s buddies say she sought recommendation from the US Embassy in Moscow and was instructed to go away as quickly as doable. 

On November 11, 2021, Sarah sliced her boyfriend's nose with a knife. The previous day, he beat her so badly that she was left with black eyes and broken fingers

On November 11, 2021, Sarah sliced her boyfriend's nose with a knife. The previous day, he beat her so badly that she was left with black eyes and broken fingers

On November 11, 2021, Sarah sliced her boyfriend’s nostril with a knife. The earlier day, he beat her so badly that she was left with black eyes and damaged fingers. He went to the police and drunkenly signed papers to cost her, then retracted it, admitting he was within the incorrect

Krivanek was in an abusive relationship with Mikhail Karavaev. He beat her regularly, according to her friends and photos that she shared of her injuries

Krivanek was in an abusive relationship with Mikhail Karavaev. He beat her recurrently, in response to her buddies and photographs that she shared of her accidents 

She was given a $200 mortgage from the federal government and was escorted to the airport by a diplomat, however she was arrested earlier than she may get on the airplane.

Krivanek's wrist injury from another beating

Krivanek’s wrist damage from one other beating 

The lady has been in custody ever since, with little details about her case rising. 

It wasn’t till Griner was arrested and brought to the identical jail, and till a human rights activist went to go to Griner and got here throughout Sarah, who was begging for assist.

‘She hugged me and burst into tears. She stated, “How have I ended up in here? 

‘It’s all untrue. 

‘I’m a good person,”” Ekaterina Kalugina, the activist, informed People earlier this week. 

The State Department would not comment on the specific details of her case, but a spokesman told DailyMail.com they were aware of it. 

‘We can confirm the arrest of a U.S. citizen in Moscow in December 2021. We take our role in assisting U.S. citizens abroad seriously and are monitoring the situation. 

Sarah is shown trying to leave Russia in December last year after consulting the embassy

Sarah is shown trying to leave Russia in December last year after consulting the embassy

The woman is shown being taken into custody in December

The woman is shown being taken into custody in December 

‘We continue to urge that Russian authorities allow consistent, timely consular access to all U.S. citizen detainees in Russia in line with its legal obligations and allow us to provide consular services for U.S. citizens detained in Russia. 

‘Our requests for access are consistently delayed or denied.’ 

They declined to give a figure for the number of US citizens currently incarcerated in Russia, saying: ‘We are unable to provide a number for detained individuals, as the number of U.S. citizens detained in any country is fluid, and we do not want to provide a number that is outdated or inaccurate.’ 

Sarah’s friends are now asking for her to be shown the same level of interest as Griner. 

President Biden immediately rushed to condemn Griner’s sentence yesterday, claiming she was ‘wrongfully detained’ and that he would do anything he could to get her out. 

Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday. The Biden administration has rushed to offer her assistance and says it will do 'anything' to get her out

Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday. The Biden administration has rushed to offer her assistance and says it will do ‘anything’ to get her out

Griner and Sarah are both being held in Correctional Colony No. 1 in Dmitrov, near Moscow

Griner and Sarah are both being held in Correctional Colony No. 1 in Dmitrov, near Moscow

Sarah's friends say they want her home. She had been planning to return to the US after four years in Russia when she was arrested

Sarah's friends say they want her home. She had been planning to return to the US after four years in Russia when she was arrested

Sarah’s friends say they want her home. She had been planning to return to the US after four years in Russia when she was arrested 

That is likely to come down to a prisoner swap of Griner for notorious Merchant of Death arms Viktor Bout, who has been in prison in the US since 2010. 

Yesterday, after Griner was sentenced, DailyMail.com reported exclusively that Russia was in talks with the US to swap the pair after holding off for weeks. 

The process is now likely to be completed within a few weeks, unless there are any delays to the appeals process that Griner’s team has ten days to complete. 

Many have criticized the deal, saying Bout’s crimes far surpass Griner’s and that letting him go free just to save her makes Biden look weak. 

Among critics is Donald Trump, who last week said: ‘It is not a good trade.’ 

The swap is more likely to enrage Sarah’s buddies, who don’t know when they might hear from her once more.