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Brittney Griner Speaks to Reporters for First Time Since Release From Russia

PHOENIX — Brittney Griner, the W.N.B.A. star who became the center of a geopolitical showdown between the United States and Russia last year, is expected to speak with reporters on Thursday for the first time since her release in December in a prisoner exchange. Ms. Griner, 32, planned to speak with reporters as her team, […]

Former Prisoner in Iran Welcomes Brittney Griner to a ‘Bizarre Club’

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an Islamic studies scholar who was detained in Iran for more than two years, is still figuring out how to move on with her life two years after returning home to Australia. Her experience offers a glimpse of what Brittney Griner and others who have been through similar ordeals could encounter in their […]

Brittney Griner and Nobel Peace Prize: Live Updates

BRUSSELS — A bitter political and diplomatic rift between Germany and Poland, both important members of the European Union and NATO, has worsened as Russia’s war in Ukraine has ground on, undermining cohesion and solidarity in both organizations. The toxic nature of the relationship was underscored recently by a German offer to provide two batteries […]

Brittney Griner Lands in San Antonio After Release From Russia: Live Updates

WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the American basketball star imprisoned in Russia on drug charges, was released on Thursday after nearly 10 months of captivity in a prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death.” President Biden announced her release in a brief statement from the Roosevelt Room […]

Russian State Media Releases Video of Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout Swap

Russia’s state media on Thursday released video footage of the prisoner exchange of Brittney Griner, the American W.N.B.A. star, and Viktor Bout, the convicted Russian arms dealer known as “the Merchant of Death,” at an airport in the United Arab Emirates. The video, which was verified by The New York Times, shows Ms. Griner, in […]

Brittney Griner Is Flying Home After Prisoner Swap With Russia: Live Updates

WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the American basketball star imprisoned in Russia, was released on Thursday after nearly 10 months of captivity in a prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death,” President Biden announced. In a brief statement from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, with […]

Brittney Griner Is Being Moved to a Russian Penal Colony, Lawyers Say: Live Updates

A Ukrainian air-defense team on the front lines in the Mykolaiv region, in southern Ukraine, in late October.Credit…Finbarr O’Reilly for The New York Times KYIV, Ukraine — Even as Ukrainian officials celebrate the arrival of more advanced Western air-defense systems and claim growing success at shooting down Russian rockets and drones, they are warning that […]

Brittney Griner Is Sentenced to 9 Years in a Russian Penal Colony

The W.N.B.A. star Brittney Griner’s friends and colleagues expressed support and sadness for her after a Russian court found her guilty of attempting to smuggle illegal narcotics into Russia and sentenced her to nine years in a penal colony. “Just really feeling sad and feeling sick for Brittney and hoping that she gets home as […]

Viktor Bout Could Be Swapped for Brittney Griner. Who Is He?

Shortly after his conviction in 2011 on charges including conspiring to kill American citizens, the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout relayed a defiant message through his lawyer, even though he faced the prospect of decades in prison. Mr. Bout, his lawyer said, “believes this is not the end.” More than a decade later, Mr. Bout, […]

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