News ID: 109929
Publish Date : 09 December 2022 - 22:03

Brittney Griner Back Home in U.S. After Russian Prisoner Swap

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.
The deal announced Thursday that saw Griner exchanged for Viktor Bout achieved a top goal for President Joe Biden. But the U.S. failed to win freedom for another American, Paul Whelan, who has been jailed for nearly four years.
In releasing Bout, the U.S. freed a former Soviet Army lieutenant colonel. He was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the U.S. in 2010.
Bout was serving a 25-year sentence on charges that he conspired to sell tens of millions of dollars in weapons that U.S officials said were to be used against Americans.