Tag Archives: Paul Whelan

On the Mark: Brittney Griner Released through Prisoner Swap

By MARK LORENZANA After almost 10 months of being detained, WNBA superstar Brittney Griner was finally released from Russian custody and arrived in the United States on Thursday, Dec. 8, after a successful prisoner swap between Washington and Moscow. The United States government exchanged convicted arms dealer Victor Bout for Griner. The successful swap was a culmination of months of

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On the Mark: Griner Undoubtedly Being Used as Political Pawn

By MARK LORENZANA On Thursday, Aug. 4, WNBA superstar and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner was convicted by a Russian court of “bringing marijuana with criminal intent into Russia” in February of this year and was sentenced to nine years in prison. The sentence was widely expected by U.S. authorities, to pave the way for negotiations between the two

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