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Brother of US man in Russian prison says contact resumed

Dec. 02, 2022 11:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The family of Paul Whelan, an American imprisoned in Russia for espionage, said Friday that he has resumed contact after unexpectedly becoming unreachable in November. Along with WNBA star Brittney Griner, Whelan is the focus of efforts by the United States to arrange...

Russian diplomat says prisoner swap with US remains possible

Nov. 29, 2022 15:19 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and the United States have repeatedly been on the verge of agreement on a prisoner exchange, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday, adding that a deal is still possible before the year's end. The Biden administration has been trying for months to negotiate the...

EXPLAINER: What Griner may endure in Russian penal system

Nov. 18, 2022 14:44 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a remote Russian penal colony that human rights advocates say is known for harsh conditions and violent criminals. It's in a region once synonymous with the Soviet gulag. Griner...

Russian parliament displays art by Griner case figure Bout

Nov. 15, 2022 11:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A show of prison artwork by Viktor Bout, the Russian arms trader serving 25 years in the United States and the focus of speculation about a prisoner swap that could free WNBA star Brittney Griner, opened Tuesday at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. The...

Biden hopes Putin will negotiate WNBA star Griner's release

Nov. 09, 2022 19:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more willing to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner now that the U.S. midterm elections are over. “My hope is that now that the election is over, that Mr....

Biden hopes Putin will negotiate WNBA star Griner's release

Nov. 09, 2022 17:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more willing to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner now that the U.S. midterm elections are over. Biden made the comment during a news conference Wednesday to discuss the...

Kremlin: Any talks about Griner swap must be confidential

Oct. 26, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Wednesday kept the door open for talks on a possible swap involving jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner but reiterated that any such discussions must be kept strictly confidential. A Russian court on Tuesday rejected Griner’s appeal against...

Russian court rejects Griner appeal of her 9-year sentence

Oct. 25, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, a step that could move her closer to a possible high-stakes prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington. The eight-time all-star...

Brittney Griner spends 32nd birthday in Russian prison

Oct. 19, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

Brittney Griner spent her 32nd birthday in a Russian prison, awaiting an appeal to her nine-year sentence for drug possession that's set for next week. The WNBA star has been especially down lately, according to her lawyers. They were with her for part of her birthday on Tuesday. ...

Brittney Griner at 'weakest moment' in Russia, her wife says

Oct. 06, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner is at her “absolute weakest moment in life right now” as she faces a hearing in Russia later this month for her appeal of a nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, Griner's wife said in an interview aired Thursday. Cherelle...