Brittney Griner released from Russian custody in prisoner exchange
US basketball star Brittney Griner was released by Russia in a prisoner exchange and was returning to the United States, President Joe Biden said on Thursday, ending what he called months of “hell”.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had swapped Griner for Russian citizen Viktor Bout, a former arms dealer. The exchange took place at Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates, Russian news agencies said.
“She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s coming home after months of being wrongfully detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “This is a day we have been working towards for a long time. We never stopped pushing for her release.”
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