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Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death”?
Politics

Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death”?

Speculation is growing that the U.S. could release Viktor Bout, a convicted arms dealer nicknamed the "Merchant of Death," to secure the freedom of women's basketball star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who are both imprisoned in Russia. Russian state media has speculated for months that Griner, who was detained at a Moscow airport in February on drug charges, and Whelan, sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on espionage charges that he called a setup, could be swapped for Bout, whose freedom has long been sought by the Kremlin. But the Biden administration remained quiet about the possibility. Then on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, offered the first public glimpse at efforts to bring Griner and Whelan home, saying the U.S. has put forward a...
At ESPYS, Rapinoe, Curry, others urge fellow athletes to do more to get Brittney Griner freed
Entertainment

At ESPYS, Rapinoe, Curry, others urge fellow athletes to do more to get Brittney Griner freed

Los Angeles — Soccer player Megan Rapinoe admonished her fellow athletes for not doing enough to speak out and encouraged them to support detained WNBA star Brittney Griner at The ESPYs on Wednesday night.Griner was arrested in Russia in February after customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of transporting drugs. "For me, the most striking thing is that BG's not here. BG deserves to be free, she's being held as a political prisoner, obviously," Rapinoe said while accepting a trophy for best play at the show honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports. "Like what are we doing here dressed up like we are when our sister is ...
Brittney Griner’s wife says U.S. embassy failed to patch through call from the detained WNBA star
Politics

Brittney Griner’s wife says U.S. embassy failed to patch through call from the detained WNBA star

WNBA star Brittney Griner tried to call her wife nearly a dozen times through the American embassy in Russia on the couple's fourth anniversary Saturday, but they never connected since the phone line at the embassy was not staffed, Cherelle Griner said Monday.The couple has not spoken by phone in the four months since Griner's arrest in Russia on drug-related charges. That was to have changed Saturday, when a long-awaited call was to have finally taken place. But the day came and went without any contact, leaving an anguished Cherelle Griner to wonder what went wrong and to suspect at least initially that Russian authorities had thwarted the call.On Monday, she said she learned from her wife's lawyers a more distressing truth: Brittney Griner had actually tried to call 11 times ove...