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U.S. may do '2-for-2' prisoner swap to get Griner, Whelan out of Russia: Ex-ambassador

Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan should hopefully be released from Russia as part of a "two-for-two" prisoner swap, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson said
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U.S. may do '2-for-2' prisoner swap to free Griner, Whelan in Russia: Ex-ambassador
4 hours ago

'My view is optimistic' Griner will be freed, Bill Richardson says

George Stephanopoulos interviews former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on "This Week."
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'My view is optimistic' Griner will be freed, Bill Richardson says
August 5, 2022, 9:17 PM

Expert explains Russian law behind Brittney Griner sentencing

WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced on Thursday after being detained in Russia for over five months.
August 5, 2022, 9:17 PM
Expert explains Russian law behind Brittney Griner sentencing
August 5, 2022, 8:31 PM

What will happen to Brittney Griner after her Russian drug conviction?

ABC News foreign correspondent Britt Clennett breaks down what happens next after WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison.
August 5, 2022, 8:31 PM
What will happen to Brittney Griner after her Russian drug conviction?
August 5, 2022, 8:10 PM

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Russia strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.
August 5, 2022, 8:10 PM
Griner swap must be discussed without publicity, Kremlin says
August 5, 2022, 8:00 PM

Griner found guilty

ABC News’ foreign correspondent Maggie Rulli discusses the guilty verdict in the Brittney Griner trial in Russia.
August 5, 2022, 8:00 PM
Griner found guilty
August 5, 2022, 6:16 PM

Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks possible prisoner swap after Griner’s harsh sentence

A Russian judge sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges as the U.S. talks of a possible prisoner swap.
August 5, 2022, 6:16 PM
Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks possible prisoner swap after Griner’s harsh sentence
August 5, 2022, 5:51 PM

Reaction to Brittney Griner’s sentence

The WNBA star has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison after being convicted on drug charges. ABC News’ Christine Sloan has the response from her coach and teammates.
August 5, 2022, 5:51 PM
Reaction to Brittney Griner’s sentence
August 5, 2022, 12:49 PM

Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian drug trial, sentenced to 9 years in prison

WNBA star Brittney Griner was found guilty on drug charges in a Moscow-area court Thursday. She was then sentenced to nine years in prison.
August 5, 2022, 12:49 PM
Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian drug trial, sentenced to 9 years in prison
August 5, 2022, 12:14 PM

Timeline of Brittney Griner's detention in Russia as US vows to secure her release

Here's a look back at major developments in the case of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison.
August 5, 2022, 12:14 PM
Brittney Griner's arrest and trial in Russia: Timeline
August 5, 2022, 11:31 AM

Griner found guilty, sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison camp

The WNBA star, who has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17, was found guilty on drug charges in a Moscow-area court Thursday.
August 5, 2022, 11:31 AM
Griner found guilty, sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison camp
August 5, 2022, 11:19 AM

Britney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison

The diplomatic standoff between the U.S. and Russia has intensified after a Russian judge found the WNBA star was guilty on drug charges.
August 5, 2022, 11:19 AM
Britney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison
August 5, 2022, 2:00 AM

'It did not come as a surprise': Russia expert on Brittney Griner sentencing

ABC News' Kayna Whitworth spoke to William Pomeran, director of the Wilson Center Kennan Institute, on the message behind Russia's sentencing of Brittney Griner and what may come next.
August 5, 2022, 2:00 AM
'It did not come as a surprise': Russia expert on Brittney Griner sentencing
August 5, 2022, 12:51 AM

WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison

Griner was convicted on drug charges in Russia with a judge sentencing her to nine years in a penal colony. Calls to free Griner have escalated, and her lawyers said they plan to file an appeal.
August 5, 2022, 12:51 AM
WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison
August 4, 2022, 9:31 PM

WNBA star Brittney Griner convicted by Russian court: What’s next?

Experts react to Brittney Griner’s conviction and give insight on her future in Russian prison.
August 4, 2022, 9:31 PM
WNBA star Brittney Griner convicted by Russian court: What’s next?
August 4, 2022, 6:17 PM

WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty, sentenced to 9 years in prison

ABC News foreign correspondent Maggie Rulli, ABC News’ Patrick Reevell and Tom Firestone, former resident legal adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, discuss Brittney Griner’s future in Russia.
August 4, 2022, 6:17 PM
WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty, sentenced to 9 years in prison
August 4, 2022, 5:51 PM

White House went public with Griner, Whelan offer to reassure Americans; Russia says no deal yet

The Biden administration's unusual decision to publicize its offer to Russia to free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan was made in part to reassure Americans
August 4, 2022, 5:51 PM
Why White House went public with Griner, Whelan offer as Russia says no deal yet
August 4, 2022, 4:33 PM

WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been found guilty and sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison.
August 4, 2022, 4:33 PM
WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty
August 4, 2022, 2:52 PM

Brittney Griner back in Russian court for closing arguments

The WNBA star is due back in court as her trial reaches a close, with a verdict and sentence expected on Friday.
August 4, 2022, 2:52 PM
Brittney Griner back in Russian court for closing arguments
August 2, 2022, 5:56 PM

WNBA star Brittney Griner appears in Russian court

ABC News contributor Christine Brennan and former resident legal adviser for the U.S. embassy in Moscow discuss Brittney Griner’s cases and what we could see next in this trial.
August 2, 2022, 5:56 PM
WNBA star Brittney Griner appears in Russian court
August 2, 2022, 4:31 PM

US officials attempt to negotiate prisoner swap for Griner’s release

ABC News contributor and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan discusses Brittney Griner’s case as she is back in Russian Court. The judge is expected to have a ruling by the end of the week.
August 2, 2022, 4:31 PM
US officials attempt to negotiate prisoner swap for Griner’s release
August 2, 2022, 3:16 PM

Griner back in Russian court as US steps up diplomatic efforts for her release

ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman discusses the latest on WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is back in court as U.S. officials attempt to negotiate a prisoner swap for her release.
August 2, 2022, 3:16 PM
Griner back in Russian court as US steps up diplomatic efforts for her release
August 2, 2022, 12:21 PM

Brittney Griner returns to Russian court as US floats proposal to secure her release

American basketball star Brittney Griner was back in court for her drug possession trial in Russia on Tuesday, as the U.S. floats a proposal to secure her release.
August 2, 2022, 12:21 PM
Brittney Griner returns to Russian court as US floats proposal to secure her release
August 2, 2022, 12:08 PM

Brittney Griner back in court as US fights for her release

The WNBA star appeared in Moscow court on Tuesday as the United States steps up diplomatic efforts to set her free.
August 2, 2022, 12:08 PM
Brittney Griner back in court as US fights for her release
August 2, 2022, 12:06 PM

Brittney Griner appears in Russian court as pressure mounts on Biden White House to secure her release

WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in a Russian court on Thursday morning for the third day of her trial as the Biden administration works to secure her release.
August 2, 2022, 12:06 PM
Brittney Griner appears in court as pressure mounts on Biden to secure her release
August 2, 2022, 12:04 PM

Brittney Griner testifies in Russian court as US works to secure her release

Brittney Griner testified on Wednesday in a Russian court after the WNBA star's legal team requested more time for her to prepare.
August 2, 2022, 12:04 PM
Brittney Griner testifies she was aware of warnings not to travel to Russia
August 2, 2022, 12:02 PM

Brittney Griner shares message to wife as WNBA star's drug trial in Russia resumes

As Brittney Griner returned to court in Russia on Tuesday for her drug possession trial, the American basketball star told ABC News she has a message for her wife.
August 2, 2022, 12:02 PM
Brittney Griner shares message to wife as WNBA star's trial in Russia resumes
July 31, 2022, 10:21 PM

Brittney Griner trial in Russia resumes Tuesday

The U.S. secretary of state spoke with Russia's foreign minister, urging him to accept a prisoner swap proposal.
July 31, 2022, 10:21 PM
Brittney Griner trial in Russia resumes Tuesday
July 31, 2022, 6:12 PM

Trevor Reed 'cautiously optimistic' about proposal to free Griner and Whelan from Russia

Trevor Reed, a former Marine who was freed from a Russian prison in a prisoner swap, said he's hopeful a deal could be worked out for two Americans detained there.
July 31, 2022, 6:12 PM
Former Russian detainee reacts to US proposal to free Whelan, Griner
July 31, 2022, 4:52 PM

Why the proposed prisoner swap may not quickly free detainees in Russia: Analysis

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the U.S. had put a “substantial offer” on the table for Russia aimed at bringing home two Americans imprisoned in Russia.
July 31, 2022, 4:52 PM
Proposed prisoner swap may not mean quick freedom for American detainees: Analysis
July 29, 2022, 7:22 PM

Who is Viktor Bout, the convicted arms dealer held in a US prison?

Sources say convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout has been offered by the U.S. in a potential prisoner swap for two Americans in Russia: Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan
July 29, 2022, 7:22 PM
Who is Viktor Bout, the convicted arms dealer held in a US prison?
July 28, 2022, 10:47 PM

Trevor Reed 'cautiously optimistic' about Griner, Whelan being freed from Russia

Marine veteran Trevor Reed served nearly three years in a Russian prison before he was freed in a prison swap.
July 28, 2022, 10:47 PM
Trevor Reed 'cautiously optimistic' about Griner, Whelan being freed from Russia
July 28, 2022, 8:01 PM

US asks for detained Giner, Whelan in exchange for Russian ‘merchant of death’

ABC’s Patrick Reevell discusses the proposed prisoner swap that would trade Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan for Viktor Bout, the arms dealer dubbed "the merchant of death."
July 28, 2022, 8:01 PM
US asks for detained Giner, Whelan in exchange for Russian ‘merchant of death’
July 28, 2022, 4:01 PM

US proposes releasing Russian arms dealer to free Griner and Whelan: Sources

Antony Blinken said the U.S. "put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago to facilitate" the release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan from Russia
July 28, 2022, 4:01 PM
US proposes releasing Russian arms dealer to free Griner and Whelan: Sources
July 28, 2022, 3:32 PM

Paul Whelan's twin brother speaks out on US proposal to secure his release with Brittney Griner

Paul Whelan's twin brother, David Whelan, spoke to ABC News' Robin Roberts during an interview Thursday on "Good Morning America."
July 28, 2022, 3:32 PM
Paul Whelan's family breaks silence on proposed prisoner swap with Russia
July 28, 2022, 3:01 PM

US says it has made a 'substantial offer' to free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan

A possible prisoner swap could bring both the WNBA star and former U.S. Marine home to the U.S. in exchange for a Russian arms dealer imprisoned in the U.S.
July 28, 2022, 3:01 PM
US says it has made a 'substantial offer' to free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan
July 28, 2022, 11:40 AM

US proposes prisoner swap with Russia to free Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. made a substantial proposal to release a Russian arms dealer in order to secure the freedom of the WNBA superstar and a former Marine.
July 28, 2022, 11:40 AM
US proposes prisoner swap with Russia to free Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan
July 28, 2022, 1:53 AM

Russian arms dealer offered for Griner and Whelan release: Sources

ABC News’ Maggie Rulli reports on the substantial proposal offered for both WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.
July 28, 2022, 1:53 AM
Russian arms dealer offered for Griner and Whelan release: Sources
July 28, 2022, 12:43 AM

US proposes deal with Russia for Griner, Whelan freedom

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the U.S. has made a “substantial” offer to Russia for the release of detainees Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
July 28, 2022, 12:43 AM
US proposes deal with Russia for Griner, Whelan freedom
July 27, 2022, 10:28 PM

Foreign policy expert on Brittney Griner’s testimony, trial

Foreign policy expert Dr. Dani Gilbert breaks down WNBA star Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia and shares possible legal strategies.
July 27, 2022, 10:28 PM
Foreign policy expert on Brittney Griner’s testimony, trial
July 27, 2022, 4:05 PM

Brittney Griner to testify in Russian court

The WNBA star is expected to testify for the first time since the start of her trial on July 1.
July 27, 2022, 4:05 PM
Brittney Griner to testify in Russian court
July 27, 2022, 3:51 PM

Brittney Griner testifies in Russia drug trial

ABC News contributor and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan has the latest on the Brittney Griner case as she takes the stand to testify in a Russian court.
July 27, 2022, 3:51 PM
Brittney Griner testifies in Russia drug trial
July 27, 2022, 2:47 AM

Pomeranz on Brittney Griner: ‘The trial will have to end with conviction’

ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke with William Pomeranz, acting director of the Wilson Center Kennan Institute, on Brittney Griner’s trial after she appeared back in a Russian courtroom this week.
July 27, 2022, 2:47 AM
Pomeranz on Brittney Griner: ‘The trial will have to end with conviction’
July 26, 2022, 11:46 AM

Brittney Griner sends message to wife while appearing in Russian court

The WNBA star told ABC News she wanted to wish her wife, Cherelle Griner, "good luck on the bar exam" while her legal team was set to present evidence in Russian court on Tuesday.
July 26, 2022, 11:46 AM
Brittney Griner sends message to wife while appearing in Russian court
July 21, 2022, 1:38 PM

Moscow says US must respect Russian law in Griner case

The spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the United States has shown disrespect for Russian law by characterizing basketball star Brittney Griner’s jailing on drug charges as “wrongful detention.”
July 21, 2022, 1:38 PM
Moscow says US must respect Russian law in Griner case
July 15, 2022, 9:28 PM

Brittney Griner's attorney presents doctor's letter in court, says she had permission to use cannabis

Brittney Griner’s attorney presented new evidence in court on the fourth day of her trial in Russia, where the WNBA star has been detained for nearly five months.
July 15, 2022, 9:28 PM
WNBA star's attorney says she had permission to use cannabis
July 15, 2022, 4:14 PM

Griner lawyer: WNBA star had doctor's note for cannabis use

A doctor’s letter recommended she use cannabis to treat pain.
July 15, 2022, 4:14 PM
Griner lawyer: WNBA star had doctor's letter for cannabis
July 15, 2022, 12:04 PM

Brittney Griner appears in Russian court as pressure mounts for her release

On Thursday, three Russian individuals testified as character witnesses about their experiences with the basketball star.
July 15, 2022, 12:04 PM
Brittney Griner appears in Russian court as pressure mounts for her release
July 15, 2022, 12:15 AM

Brittney Griner attends 3rd Russian court hearing

WNBA star Britney Griner appeared in court as several Russian individuals testified as character witnesses on her behalf.
July 15, 2022, 12:15 AM
Brittney Griner attends 3rd Russian court hearing
July 14, 2022, 10:24 PM

Brittney Griner appears in court as pressure mounts to get WNBA star home

WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in Russian court on drug charges on Thursday after pleading guilty.
July 14, 2022, 10:24 PM
Brittney Griner appears in court as pressure mounts to get WNBA star home