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Brittney Griner: US offers prisoner swap to Russia for return of basketball star

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Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since February.

A “significant” prisoner exchange offer.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Wednesday that the Joe Biden administration is working to get Russia to extradite basketball star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan to the United States.

The Olympic gold medalist was detained at an airport near Moscow in February when authorities found marijuana-laced e-cigarette cartridges in his luggage.

Whelan, for his part, was arrested in Moscow in December 2018 and sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020 for being considered a spy.