Brittney Griner Freed, U.S.-Russia Agree To Prisoner Swap
After nearly 10 grueling months behind bars in Russia, Brittney Griner is finally heading back home.
U.S. officials said Thursday they’ve struck a deal with the foreign country … agreeing to a prisoner swap to free the WNBA star.
It’s a 1-for-1 trade … with the U.S. slated to send over Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout — aka the “Merchant of Death” — in the swap.
President Joe Biden revealed Thursday morning that he personally spoke with Griner, adding, “She is safe. She is on a plane. She is on her way home.”
Moments ago I spoke to Brittney Griner.
She is safe.
She is on a plane.
She is on her way home. pic.twitter.com/FmHgfzrcDT
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 8, 2022 @POTUS
Griner has been detained in Russia since February — after she was accused of bringing hashish oil in her luggage to a Moscow airport. In August, she was sentenced to nine years in prison. An appeal of that ruling was denied in October.
Last month, the 32-year-old had been moved to a prison in Mordovia … where experts said she was facing homophobia, racism and 16-hour work days.
At the time, reps for Griner said she was “trying to stay strong.”
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