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Griner swap reveals dilemma US faces in freeing detainees

Dec. 09, 2022 18:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Taliban drug lord convicted in a vast heroin trafficking conspiracy. A Russian pilot imprisoned for a scheme to distribute cocaine across the world. And a Russian arms dealer so infamous that he earned the nickname “Merchant of Death.” Those are just some of...

Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap

Dec. 09, 2022 15:17 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Brittney Griner returned to the United States early Friday, nearly 10 months after the basketball star’s detention in Russia made her the most high-profile American jailed abroad and set off a political firestorm. Griner's status as an openly gay Black woman,...

Griner case latest in string of high-profile prisoner swaps

Dec. 09, 2022 15:22 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Delicate negotiations between the United States and Russia led to basketball star Brittney Griner's return Friday in exchange for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, once nicknamed “the Merchant of Death.” It's the latest in a series of high-profile...

Griner's home, but WNBA players still competing overseas

Dec. 09, 2022 15:09 PM EST

Brittney Griner is back in the United States after an arduous 10-month saga in Russia. Yet nearly half of her WNBA peers opted to compete abroad this winter to supplement their incomes. None are playing in Russia, for obvious reasons — Griner's ordeal and the country's ongoing war...

Putin says more US-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible

Dec. 09, 2022 13:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that more U.S.-Russian prisoner exchanges are possible if Moscow and Washington find a compromise. Putin spoke a day after Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was swapped for WNBA star and two-time Olympian Brittney Griner. ...

Griner swap wasn't all US hoped for, but what it could get

Dec. 09, 2022 07:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s surprise announcement last July lacked any detail, but its meaning was crystal clear. In a rare comment on secret talks, he said the Biden administration had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to end the imprisonment...

Plane believed to be carrying basketball star Brittney Griner lands in US after high-profile Russian prisoner swap

Dec. 09, 2022 05:35 AM EST
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Plane believed to be carrying basketball star Brittney Griner lands in US after high-profile Russian prisoner swap.

Brittney Griner's release celebrated by basketball world

Dec. 08, 2022 23:49 PM EST

Brittney Griner's loved ones and extended basketball family were ecstatic when news broke Thursday about her release from a Russian prison and that she was on her way back to the United States. It has been nearly 300 days since the WNBA star was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo...

Griner freed: WNBA star swapped for Russian, heads home

Dec. 08, 2022 21:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner headed home Thursday night, freed from Russian prison in exchange for the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in the culmination of an eight-month saga of high diplomacy and dashed hopes. But the U.S....

'Merchant of Death' Viktor Bout now part of a deal himself

Dec. 08, 2022 20:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who returned home Thursday in a swap for WNBA star Brittney Griner, is widely known abroad as the “Merchant of Death” who fueled some of the world’s worst conflicts. In Russia, however, he's seen as a swashbuckling businessman...