Basketball player Brittney Griner released from prison

Basketball player Brittney Griner released from prison

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The United States and Russia completed a prisoner swap Thursday that included American basketball star Brittney Griner and Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the White House and Russian ministry said respectively of Foreign Affairs. 

“On December 8, 2022, at Abu Dhabi airport, the procedure for the exchange of Russian citizen Viktor Bout for American citizen Brittney Griner, who were serving sentences in penitentiary institutions in the United States and Russia respectively, has been successfully accomplished,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Telegram.

Viktor Bout, a well-known Russian arms dealer , had been detained in the United States for more than 10 years.

Viktor Bout

US President Joe Biden announced that Brittney Griner, detained in Russia since February, was now “safe” and “en route” to the United States.

“A few moments ago I spoke with Brittney Griner. She is safe. She is on a plane. She is on her way to the United States,” tweeted the American president.