Brittney Griner Freed in swap for ‘Merchant of Death’

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WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from the Russian prison system in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death,”.

Reports earlier this year suggested that Bout, whose weapons sales fueled deadly conflicts around the world, could be exchanged for Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.

But Whelan does not appear to have been a part of the exchange despite the assertion by the State Department that he has been wrongfully detained.


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