Brittney Griner appears in Russian court after U.S. makes swap offer

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KHIMKI, Russia (Reuters) – U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner returned to stand trial at a Russian court on Tuesday as the United States sought to secure her release with a prisoner swap to help her avoid up to 10 years in jail on drugs charges. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Feb. 17 with vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the United States has made a “substantial offer” to Russia to release America…

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