Brittney Griner Appeals Drug Conviction in Russia, Lawyers Say

The appeal process could take months, but a senior Russian diplomat said that talks with the United States about a possible prisoner exchange were underway.

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U.S. and Russia Ready to Negotiate Griner’s Release

The countries’ top envoys made separate announcements after a meeting where they sat close together — without talking.

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Brittney Griner’s Sentence Renews Pressure on President Biden

The basketball star’s supporters are pressing for action. But critics of any possible deal are already fuming.

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Brittney Griner’s Tearful WNBA Teammates Play On After Her Conviction

Brittney Griner, the Phoenix Mercury star, was convicted on drug charges in Russia. Hours later, her teammates had a game. “Nobody even wanted to play today,” one said.

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Brittney Griner’s Guilty Verdict Strengthens Supporters’ Resolve

The W.N.B.A. star was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony, but her supporters insist they will do “whatever we can to get her home.”

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Russian Court Sentences Griner to 9 Years, Raising Pressure on Biden

Amid the hostility over the war in Ukraine, a court imposed nearly the maximum possible sentence on the American basketball star Brittney Griner, intensifying calls to win her release.

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Why Brittney Griner and Other Athletes Choose Cannabis for Pain

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star detained in Russia on drug charges, is one of many athletes who have said cannabis helps with sports injuries. But it is banned by sports leagues and illegal in many places.

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Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

Ukraine said it was ready for Black Sea grain shipments to resume, while the top Russian and American diplomats talked about a prisoner swap involving the basketball star Brittney Griner.

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Brittney Griner and the Total Lopsidedness of Prisoner Swaps with Russia

American citizens should still know that if they are imprisoned in a country with a dubious legal system, the U.S. government will do all it can to get them back.

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Lavrov To Propose a Time to Discuss Possible Prisoner Swap for Brittney Griner

Sergey Lavrov said he would listen to what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had to say about a proposal for the release of Brittney Griner and another American.

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Why the U.S. Offered to Swap Griner for Bout, a Russian Arms Dealer

The negotiations raise questions about what, if any, standards should apply when the United States agrees to trade prisoners.

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Viktor Bout Could Be Swapped for Brittney Griner. Who Is He?

Viktor Bout supplied arms to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and rebels in Rwanda. His exploits helped inspire a 2005 film, “Lord of War,” that starred Nicolas Cage.

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U.S. Offers to Swap Arms Dealer for Griner, Whelan

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said that Washington had offered to trade Viktor Bout and that he expected to raise it soon directly with Russia’s foreign minister.

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U.S. Offers to Swap Russian Arms Dealer, Viktor Bout, for Griner and Whelan

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said he would speak to his Russian counterpart for the first time in months about a “substantial proposal” to free the Americans.

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Brittney Griner Testifies in Russian Court as Her Case Continues

The W.N.B.A. star’s legal team has argued that have argued that the American basketball star did not intend to smuggle drugs into Russia.

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Brittney Griner’s Lawyers Argue for Leniency in Russian Court

The W.N.B.A. star had not intended to smuggle narcotics into Russia, her legal team said, adding that, like many other international athletes, she had used cannabis to help ease pain from injuries.

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NBA Campaign to Free Brittney Griner Is Mostly Low Key

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, has been detained in Russia since February. The N.B.A., which founded the women’s league in 1996, has said it is working behind the scenes to help Griner.

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Griner Case Draws Attention to ‘Wrongful Detentions’

Dozens of Americans are believed to be held by foreign adversaries as political pawns in disputes with the United States.

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Brittney Griner Had Prescription for Drug She Brought to Russia, Lawyers Say

As the W.N.B.A. star’s drugs trial resumed, her defense team contended that she had packed a banned narcotic in her luggage because of “an oversight.”

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We Are B.G.

Where is the groundswell of support, demanding that Brittney Griner be brought home now?

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W.N.B.A. Star Brittney Griner’s Trial Resumes in Russia

The case of an American sports star at the mercy of Russian justice has rippled across the world amid criticism from Washington that she has been wrongfully detained.

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Brittney Griner and the Limits of American Power

For Griner, and other Americans held prisoner overseas, the road home may be long, and slow.

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Brittney Griner Is Honored by Fellow Players at W.N.B.A. All-Star Game

The league made Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February, an honorary starter for the game.

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Brittney Griner’s Supporters Hold Steady After Guilty Plea

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, pleaded guilty to drug charges in Russia on Thursday. But her supporters are still determined to fight to bring her home.

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Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in Russian Court

“There was no intent,” the American basketball star told a Russian judge, as any resolution of the highly politicized case appeared to shift toward the diplomatic arena.

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Brittney Griner’s Trial Resumes in Russia

Sergei A. Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, said that publicity around the basketball player’s case was not helping her interests. U.S. officials said she was essentially a hostage.

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Biden Speaks to Cherelle Griner About Brittney Griner’s Detention in Russia

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris told Cherelle Griner they would pursue “every avenue” to bring her wife, Brittney Griner, home from Russia.

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How Brittney Griner Became a Political Pawn

Growing public pressure to free the W.N.B.A. star, who has been detained in Russia for months, comes with risks.

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Brittney Griner to Biden: ‘I’m Terrified I Might Be Here Forever.’

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, sent a letter to President Biden on Monday, asking him to help free her from prison in Russia. She has been in custody since February.

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Brittney Griner’s Detention in Moscow Is Latest in Hostage Diplomacy

The United States believes the charges against the basketball star are spurious and tied to American support of Ukraine.

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Brittney Griner, Women’s Basketball Star, Goes on Trial in Russia

The American basketball star Brittney Griner has endured months in a Russian prison and the threat of years more, a wartime bargaining chip between Moscow and Washington.

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Russia Hints at Linking Griner’s Case to Fate of ‘Merchant of Death’

Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States.

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Brittney Griner Trial Likely to End in Conviction, Experts Say

Courts in Russia heavily favor the prosecution, experts said, pointing to a prisoner swap as perhaps the W.N.B.A. star’s best chance to come home.

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Russian Court Sets July 1 as Brittney Griner’s Trial Date

Ms. Griner, a seven-time W.N.B.A. all-star, has been in custody since February.

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Brittney Griner’s Supporters Call on Biden to Strike a Deal to Free Her

The campaign by dozens of organizations representing people of color, women and L.G.B.T.Q. voters comes amid growing frustrations over the pace of the U.S. effort to bring her home.

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Moscow Court Brittney Griner Held in Jail for Another 18 Days

The American basketball star was arrested in February in a Russian airport amid tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and attempts to win her release have repeatedly failed.

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Brittney Griner’s Team Meets With U.S. State Department Over Her Detention

The Phoenix Mercury were encouraged to continue their public campaign for the W.N.B.A. star’s release from Russia, where the U.S. government has said she has been “wrongfully detained.”

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Brittney Griner’s Supporters Have a New Strategy to Free Her: Make Noise

Those close to Griner pursued a strategy of silence after her detention in Russia in February, hoping to avoid politicizing her case. Now they are amping up public pressure, with some of it aimed at President Biden.

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West Increases Pressure on Putin, Including Sanctions on Reputed Girlfriend

The Russian leader was challenged by the prospect of an enlarged NATO, plans to get Ukrainian grain exports past a Kremlin blockade, and sanctions on his purported mistress.

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Russian Court Extends Brittney Griner’s Pretrial Detention, Her Lawyer Says

Ms. Griner, one of the most decorated athletes in women’s basketball, has been held in custody in Russia since mid-February.

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Why Brittney Griner Could Be the Last American Basketball Star in Russia

The atrocities of the war in Ukraine and Griner’s detention in Russia on drug charges could cut off a lucrative pipeline for women’s basketball players.

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Brittney Griner Was ‘Wrongfully Detained’, U.S. Government Says

The State Department went public with its push to negotiate Griner’s release from custody in Russia, where she has been held on drug charges since February.

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U.S. Officials Meet With Brittney Griner in Russia

Some former hostages question whether the family should remain silent, saying pressure campaigns can work.

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Brittney Griner Said to Be ‘OK’ as Russian Court Extends Her Detention

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, has been detained on drug charges in Russia since mid-February and is now expected to remain in custody until at least May.

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Russian Court Extends Brittney Griner’s Detention

Griner, one of the world’s best basketball players, was detained on accusations that she had hashish oil in her luggage at an airport outside of Moscow a week before Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Brittney Griner’s WNBA Impact Is Clear As Fans Await Word from Russia

Griner, one of the world’s best basketball players, was believed to have been detained in Russia on what customs officials described as drug charges. Fans are worried.

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What We Know About Brittney Griner’s Detention in Russia

The W.N.B.A. star was stopped at an airport outside Moscow and accused of carrying hashish oil in her luggage. But much about the case remains unclear.

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Russia Says It Has American Basketball Player in Custody

The player was said to have had drug paraphernalia in her luggage at an airport that serves Moscow. A Russian news agency identified the player as W.N.B.A. center Brittney Griner.

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