Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, WNBA champion, and LGBT trailblazer, was arrested at a Moscow airport nine months ago . Viktor Bout, 55, was serving a 25-year term in a US jail, and was released at an Abu Dhabi airport .
In an address to the country at the White House, American basketball star Brittney Griner was returning to the United States on Thursday after being released from a Russian prison in February on drug charges, and Viktor Bout, 55, who was serving a 25-year term in a US jail, were exchanged at an Abu Dhabi airport.She is safe.She's on a plane.Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, WNBA champion, and LGBT trailblazer, was arrested at a Moscow airport nine months ago, accused of arming rebels in some of the world's bloodiest conflicts, was extradited to the United States and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012.Biden said that Russia is treating Pauls case differently than Britain is treating him.The family is whole, according to White House Press Secretary Cathy Engelbert, who said in a tweet late Thursday that the United States and Russia were the only nations involved in negotiating this deal.Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, said she was just standing here now, overwhelmed with emotions, and that she pleaded guilty to charges against her and said she hoped for the best return of all wrongfully-detained Americans as we approach the end of the season.The Russian citizen has been welcomed to his home country.Largely, in a video message, Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told Bout that he had been subjected to intense physical and psychological pressure while in jail, according to Russian news agency TASS.Bout's release is confirmed by Russia's military ministry, which has stated that he is now undergoing the same kind of training as previously achieved.
Обнародованы видеокадры обмена россиянина Виктора Бута на американку Бриттни Грайнер:https://t.co/hs1cFtHbOs— ТАСС (@tass_agency) December 8, 2022
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