Russia ‘ready to discuss’ prisoner swap for Griner

A day after WNBA superstar Brittney Griner and the rest of the world learned of her nine-year prison sentence, the Russian government is reportedly ready to discuss a trade.

Griner was sentenced on Thursday after being found guilty of drug possession and trafficking. The seven-time All-Star was arrested in February for drug trafficking while traveling to Russia to play with his international team.

Center of the Phoenix Mercury, Griner is accused of entering the country with vaping cartridges containing hash oil, but the US government said in May that she was wrongfully detained. It was learned last week that the Biden administration had offered the Russian government a deal for Griner’s release, an exchange that includes the 31-year-old’s return to the United States and another imprisoned American, Paul Whelan, in exchange for release. a Russian arms dealer is currently serving a prison sentence in the United States

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