Former US ambassador predicts Griner will be released in ‘two-for-two’ prisoner swap

Former US Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson predicted Sunday that US citizens Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, who are imprisoned in Russia, will be freed in a “two-for-two” prisoner swap with Moscow. “I’m optimistic. I think she’s going to be free,” Richardson said of WNBA star Griner on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s gonna be … Read more

Russia “ready to discuss” prisoner swap now that Brittney Griner sentenced

Russia said Friday it was “ready to discuss” a prisoner swap with Washington at the presidential level, a day after the drug belief of US basketball star Brittney Griner. Despite tensions soaring between Russia and the US since the launch of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukrainethe former Cold War rivals appeared to be edging closer … Read more

Brittney Griner is facing a 9-year sentence in a Russian jail following conviction. Here’s what could come next for the WNBA star

CNN  —  After a Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday to nine years in prison for a drug smuggling conviction, the player’s supporters, teammates and numerous US officials swiftly condemned the decision, many concerned her detention is being used to advance Russia’s agenda in the Ukraine war. Now, Griner has returned to … Read more

Brittney Griner trial: WNBA star convicted, sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison

US basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine and could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between the two world powers. The 31-year-old Griner, a two-time US … Read more

Brittney Griner trial: Verdict expected Thursday

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — An emotional Brittney Griner apologized in a Russian court Thursday as her drug possession trial drew to a close, and a prosecutor urged that the American basketball star be convicted and sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison in a case that reached the highest levels of US-Russian diplomacy. With a … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death”?

Speculation is growing that the US could release Viktor Bout, a convicted arms dealer nicknamed the “Merchant of Death,” to secure the freedom of women’s basketball star Brittney Griner and train US Navy Paul Whelanwho are both imprisoned in Russia. Russian state media has speculated for months that Griner, who was detained at a Moscow … Read more

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US 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 his Kremlin counterpart for the first time since … Read more

Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle says it is “very disheartening” that she has not heard from President Biden

In a handwritten letter from Brittney Griner that was delivered to the White House on Monday, the WNBA player wrote how terrified she is that she may be imprisoned in Russia “forever.” Griner’s wife Cherelle told “CBS Mornings” that when she read the letter, she could feel the fear that Griner was experiencing. “She is … Read more

Brittney Griner pens letter to Biden from Russian prison: “I’m terrified I might be here forever”

A handwritten letter from Brittney Griner was delivered to the White House on Monday morning, according to the Griner family, who provided excerpts to reporters. In her letter, the imprisoned WNBA star pleaded with the president not to forget her, and said her already deep appreciation for Independence Day has taken on new meaning this … Read more

Brittney Griner “keeping the faith” as Russian court sets date for next hearing in drug smuggling trial

The trial against American basketball star Brittney Griner began in a Moscow courtroom on Friday. The 31-year-old WNBA star player is facing up to 10 years in prison on drug smuggling charges. Griner arrived at the Khimki City Court, in the Moscow suburbs, in handcuffs and a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, accompanied by her legal team. … Read more