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WNBA Star Brittney Griner Appears in Moscow Court, Faces 10 Years in Prison

HeadlineJul 01, 2022

In Russia, WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared today before a court outside Moscow, where she faces up to 10 years in prison. Griner was detained on February 17 after she was picked up at a Russian airport on allegations of carrying cannabis oil vape cartridges. Her supporters say Russia is using her as a political pawn. The New York Times reports the Kremlin appears interested in a possible prisoner exchange involving Griner and Viktor Bout, an infamous arms trafficker known as the “Merchant of Death” who was sentenced to 25 years in a U.S. prison in 2012 for conspiracy to commit terrorism.

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