Brittney Griner prisoner swap for 'Merchant of Death' not being considered right now, funcionario ruso dice

Un tribunal de Moscú prorrogó la detención de Griner hasta julio 2. Era la tercera vez que se prorrogaba su detención., El medio estatal ruso TASS informó. She was arrested in February for allegedly trying to bring vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through a Moscow airport. She’s been held ever since with limited public appearances.

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Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner pauses on the court during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Septiembre. 3, 2019, en Phoenix.

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner pauses on the court during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Septiembre. 3, 2019, en Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Archivo)

Griner has been rumored to be potentially involved in a detainee swap involving Viktor Bout, who is in the middle of a 25-year sentence in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans relating to the support of a Colombian terrorist organization.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the comment about Griner and Bout. He gave no timeline for the proceedings in the player’s case.

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Bout was aislamiento “Merchant of Death” porque of his notoriety for running a fleet of aging Soviet-era cargo planes to conflict-ridden hotspots in Africa. His dealings inspired the Nicolas Cage filmLord of War.

Brittney Griner of USA during the Women's Semifinal Basketball game between United States and Serbia on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on Aug. 6, 2021 in Saitama, Japón

Brittney Griner of USA during the Women’s Semifinal Basketball game between United States and Serbia on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on Aug. 6, 2021 in Saitama, Japón (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Russia’s TASS agency reported last month, citing a source, that talks were underway in a prisoner exchange: Griner for Bout.

NOSOTROS. State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters Tuesday he believed department officials learned of Griner’s extension through Russian state-run media.

This case is problematic from top to bottom,” Precio dijo. “It is precisely why we have characterized Brittney Griner as an unlawful detainee. It’s precisely why we are doing everything we can to seek and to affect her prompt release from Russian detention.

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury warms up before a game against the Chicago Sky at Feld Entertainment Center on August 12, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida.

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury warms up before a game against the Chicago Sky at Feld Entertainment Center on August 12, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Griner could face up a 10 years in a Russian prison if she’s convicted.

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