Biden Administration Secures Release of Brittney Griner from Russian Custody

Brittney Griner, a WNBA star, has returned to the U.S. following her release from detention in Russia as part of a prisoner swap. 

Griner arrived at Kelly Airfield in San Antonio early this morning and is currently being evaluated at Brooke Army Medical Center. 

She will soon be reunited with her wife, Cherelle Griner.

Brittney Griner, a 32-year-old American basketball player from Houston, was released from a Russian penal colony after serving nine years in prison for carrying cannabis oil in her luggage. 

Her release was secured through a prisoner swap deal in which the Biden Administration traded her for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. 

President Biden faced criticism for not securing the release of former Marine Paul Whelan, who has been imprisoned in Russia for nearly four years.

During a Thursday press conference, President Biden revealed that he had spoken with Brittney Griner on the phone and that she was safe and relieved following her release from Russian custody. 

Biden emphasized that Griner deserves privacy and rest at this time. 

U.S. officials have stated that Griner will receive specialized medical services and counseling to help her adjust to life back in the U.S. 

after her time in detention.

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