Brittney Griner Freed, But at a Terrible Price

Griner was exchanged for one of the world’s most infamous arms dealers: Russia’s “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout.

Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on July 14 2019; the Lynx won the game 75–62. (Photo: Lorie Shaull)

Brittney Griner spent Thanksgiving in a Russian penal colony.

For Griner, who was detained in Moscow on a drug charge one week before Russia invaded Ukraine, the outlook had perhaps never looked darker. There was one tiny ray of hope, however.



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