Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Brittney Griner has returned to the United States, 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, her prominence in women’s basketball and her imprisonment in a country where authorities have been hostile to the LBGTQ community brought tremendous attention to her case.

Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine after her arrest complicated matters further.

The deal saw Griner exchanged Thursday for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout.

But the U.S. failed to win freedom for another American.

Asked if more such swaps could happen, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that “everything is possible.”

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12/9/2022 8:48:16 AM (GMT -6:00)

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