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Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Aug. 05, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue. Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star...

WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

Aug. 04, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow. ...

EXPLAINER: What will it take to get Brittney Griner home?

Aug. 04, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that WNBA star Brittney Griner has been convicted of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison, attention turns to the prospect of a prisoner swap between the United States and Russia that could get her home. Secretary of State Antony Blinken went...

Brittney Griner back in Russian court on cannabis charge

Aug. 02, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner was back in court on Tuesday for her trial for cannabis possession amid U.S. diplomatic efforts to secure her release. During the hearing, prosecutors called a state narcotics expert who analyzed cannabis found in...

Brittney Griner's trial resumes amid intensified diplomacy

Aug. 01, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Since Brittney Griner last appeared in her trial for cannabis possession, the question of her fate has expanded from a tiny, cramped courtroom on Moscow's outskirts to the highest level of Russia-U.S. diplomacy. The WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist returns...

Blinken, Russian top diplomat speak about Griner, Whelan

Jul. 29, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday in the highest-level known contact between the two sides since Russia invaded Ukraine, with Blinken urging Russia to accept a deal to win the release of American detainees...

Russia's Lavrov says he will discuss US prisoner swap offer

Jul. 29, 2022 05:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that he's open to a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss a possible prisoner swap involving American basketball star Brittney Griner. Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had offered Russia a...

Kremlin poker-faced on US swap offer to free Griner, Whelan

Jul. 28, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin warned Thursday that a possible prisoner swap with the United States involving American basketball star Brittney Griner needs to be negotiated quietly without fanfare. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had offered...

In rare contact, US offers Russia deal for Griner, Whelan

Jul. 27, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing home WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. In a sharp reversal of previous policy, Blinken also said he expects to speak with...

WNBA's Griner tells drug trial: 'My career is my whole life'

Jul. 27, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner testified at her drug possession trial in Russia that an interpreter translated only a fraction of what was being said while she was detained at Moscow's airport in February and that officials told her to sign documents, but “no one...