Russia hopeful of U.S. prisoner swap including Bout

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By Guy Faulconbridge and Caleb Davis LONDON (Reuters) -Russia hopes it can make a prisoner swap with the United States that would include convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death”, a deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Friday. Amid the deadliest war in Europe since World War Two, Russia and the United States are exploring a prisoner swap that would see imprisoned Americans including basketball star Brittney Griner return to the United States in exchange for Bout. “I want to hope that the prospect not only remains but is being strengthened, and …

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