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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...

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...