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September 21, 2022, 3:29 PM

Griner's absence from World Cup weighing on US teammates

Brittney Griner’s absence is weighing on the minds of her USA Basketball teammates, who are trying to fill the void created by her absence as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup that begins Thursday in Australia
September 21, 2022, 3:29 PM
Griner's absence from World Cup weighing on US teammates
September 17, 2022, 11:03 PM

President Biden meets with Griner, Whelan families

President Joe Biden met Friday with the families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, two American citizens who remain detained in Russia.
September 17, 2022, 11:03 PM
Biden meets with Griner, Whelan families
September 17, 2022, 4:25 PM

Biden meets with Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan's families

The meetings took place in the Oval Office as the White House says the president met with Paul Whelan's sister, Elizabeth, first followed by Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle.
September 17, 2022, 4:25 PM
Biden meets with Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan's families
September 17, 2022, 7:55 AM

Biden meets with Griner, Whelan families

William Pomeranz, director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, discusses talks with Russia to free WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.
September 17, 2022, 7:55 AM
Biden meets with Griner, Whelan families
September 17, 2022, 12:52 AM

Biden to meet with families of Griner, Whelan

President Joe Biden will meet the families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan Friday to discuss what the administration is doing to rescue the prisoners from Russia.
September 17, 2022, 12:52 AM
Biden to meet with families of Griner, Whelan
September 16, 2022, 5:58 PM

Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan

Families of the Americans detained in Russia are set to meet with President Joe Biden Friday to discuss what the administration is doing to bring them home.
September 16, 2022, 5:58 PM
Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan
September 16, 2022, 12:28 PM

Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan

The White House says getting Griner and Whelan released from Russia prison is still a priority.
September 16, 2022, 12:28 PM
Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan
September 15, 2022, 9:17 PM

Griner, Whelan families to meet Biden amid US-Russia talks

President Joe Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with the families of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, both of whom remain jailed in Russia
September 15, 2022, 9:17 PM
September 15, 2022, 12:27 AM

US now urges away outside help while negotiating for Griner, Whelan's release from Russia

Members of the Biden administration are now urging Bill Richardson to take a back seat amid efforts to secure the release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan from Russia
September 15, 2022, 12:27 AM
US now urges away help while negotiating for Griner, Whelan's release from Russia
1 month ago

US discourages Dennis Rodman from going to Russia to help Griner; he clarifies that he's not going

The United States is discouraging former NBA player Dennis Rodman from traveling to Russia to help secure the release of detained WNBA star Brittney Griner.
1 month ago
US discourages Dennis Rodman from traveling to Russia to help Brittney Griner
1 month ago

US discourages Dennis Rodman from getting involved in Brittney Griner case

Rodman announced he's planning to travel to Russia to help secure the release of Griner, but the Biden administration discouraged him from going.
1 month ago
US discourages Dennis Rodman from getting involved in Brittney Griner case
1 month ago

Former U.S. ambassador is 'optimistic' on Griner, Whelan prisoner exchange

Bill Richardson, who has been a frequent emissary in hostage negotiations, spoke with ABC News about the two Americans currently held in Russia.
1 month ago
Former U.S. ambassador is 'optimistic' on Griner, Whelan prisoner exchange
1 month ago

Former ambassador ‘optimistic’ on Brittney Griner talks

ABC News’ Phil Lipof spoke to former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson about the latest efforts to secure the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Wehlan from Russia.
1 month ago
Former ambassador ‘optimistic’ on Brittney Griner talks
1 month ago

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.
1 month ago
Brittney Griner's arrest and trial in Russia: Timeline
1 month ago

WNBA's Brittney Griner appeals her Russian prison sentence

Griner was sentenced to nine years on drugs charges.
1 month ago
Lawyers appeal Griner's Russian prison sentence
1 month ago

Brittney Griner appeals Russian prison sentence

The WNBA star’s lawyers vowed to appeal after she was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison camp.
1 month ago
Brittney Griner appeals Russian prison sentence
2 months ago

Former UN ambassador says Russia open to possible prisoner swap

Bill Richardson told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that the country is open to a possible prisoner exchange as he works independently to free Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.
2 months ago
Former UN ambassador says Russia open to possible prisoner swap
2 months ago

US 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
2 months ago
US may do '2-for-2' prisoner swap to get Griner, Whelan out of Russia: Ex-ambassador
2 months ago

New hope for Brittney Griner prisoner exchange

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson said any deal would likely be a two-for-two exchange.
2 months ago
New hope for Brittney Griner prisoner exchange
2 months ago

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

George Stephanopoulos interviews former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on "This Week."
2 months ago
'My view is optimistic' Griner will be freed, Bill Richardson says
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Expert explains Russian law behind Brittney Griner sentencing
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
What will happen to Brittney Griner after her Russian drug conviction?
2 months ago

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Russia strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.
2 months ago
Griner swap must be discussed without publicity, Kremlin says
2 months ago

Griner found guilty

ABC News’ foreign correspondent Maggie Rulli discusses the guilty verdict in the Brittney Griner trial in Russia.
2 months ago
Griner found guilty
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks possible prisoner swap after Griner’s harsh sentence
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Reaction to Brittney Griner’s sentence
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner found guilty in Russian drug trial, sentenced to 9 years in prison
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Griner found guilty, sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison camp
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Britney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison
2 months ago

'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.
2 months ago
'It did not come as a surprise': Russia expert on Brittney Griner sentencing
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
WNBA star Brittney Griner convicted by Russian court: What’s next?
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty, sentenced to 9 years in prison
2 months ago

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
2 months ago
Why White House went public with Griner, Whelan offer as Russia says no deal yet
2 months ago

WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been found guilty and sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison.
2 months ago
WNBA star Brittney Griner found guilty
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner back in Russian court for closing arguments
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
WNBA star Brittney Griner appears in Russian court
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
US officials attempt to negotiate prisoner swap for Griner’s release
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Griner back in Russian court as US steps up diplomatic efforts for her release
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner returns to Russian court as US floats proposal to secure her release
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner back in court as US fights for her release
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner appears in court as pressure mounts on Biden to secure her release
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner testifies she was aware of warnings not to travel to Russia
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner shares message to wife as WNBA star's trial in Russia resumes
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Brittney Griner trial in Russia resumes Tuesday
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Former Russian detainee reacts to US proposal to free Whelan, Griner
2 months ago

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.
2 months ago
Proposed prisoner swap may not mean quick freedom for American detainees: Analysis
2 months ago

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

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.
2 months ago
Trevor Reed 'cautiously optimistic' about Griner, Whelan being freed from Russia
2 months ago

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."
2 months ago
US asks for detained Giner, Whelan in exchange for Russian ‘merchant of death’