Brittney Griner Has Just Been Released From Russian Detention

After a nearly yearlong ordeal, Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention today, December 8, according to CNN. The outlet is also reporting that she was exchanged for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. According to an unnamed US official, the WNBA star is now in the custody of the US and her family has been informed of her release. 

Griner has been detained in Russia since February, when she was first arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow for possession of vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is illegal in Russia. Since then Griner’s case has received worldwide attention as she and her family pleaded with President Biden to bring her home. 


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