Brittney Griner Released From Russia in Prisoner Swap, Biden Says

Brittney Griner Released From Russia in Prisoner Swap, Biden Says

WNBA star Brittney Griner, who the US had said was wrongfully detained in Russia on drug offenses, was released Thursday after a prisoner swap, two US officials said.

President Joe Biden is set to speak about Griner’s release at 8:30 a.m. in Washington. She was exchanged in a one-to-one swap for Viktor Bout, a notorious arms dealer, according to a statement from Russia’s foreign ministry.

Biden spoke to Griner by phone Thursday morning from the Oval Office, in the company of her wife, Cherelle Griner.

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