11/28/2022, 8:24 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US, Russia talk prisoner swap - envoy

The United States and Russia are in talks about the potential release of basketball player Brittney Griner (pictured) and ex-marine Paul Whelan, Elizabeth Rood, chargée d'affaires of the US mission to Russia told RIA Novosti in an interview released on Monday.

Rood said the US has contacted Moscow on several occasions about the release but hadn't received a "serious response" yet.

Griner was detained in February for possessing cannabis oil in Moscow and faces 9 years imprisonment. Whelan was convicted of espionage in 2019 and was given a 16-year sentence. The US has reportedly proposed the exchange to include a swap for Viktor Bout, a Russian citizen who was arrested 14 years ago by the US Drug Enforcement Administration over and sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell weapons to a terrorist group.

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