Photos: Brittney Griner freed from Russian penal colony in high-level prisoner swap
WNBA star Brittney Griner arrives to a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow, on Thursday. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February.
Brittney Griner is headed home after 294 days in Russian detention.
Russia freed the WNBA star Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, U.S. officials said. The swap, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, achieved a top goal for President Biden but carried a heavy price — and left behind another American who has been jailed for nearly four years in Russia.
Speaking from the White House after Griner’s release, Biden said he had spoken to the WNBA star and she was in “good spirits” and “relieved to be finally heading home.”