Following a questionable conviction for drug smuggling, the WNBA star had been serving a 9-year prison sentence in Mordovia, which is known as Russia’s “land of prisons.”
23-year-old Zambian student Lemekhani Nathan Nyirenda was killed while in combat in Ukraine, Zambia's foreign ministry announced on Monday.
Russia says they are ready to negotiate a prisoner swap for Brittney Griner, but claims that U.S. officials have slowed the process.
Calls grew to free Brittney Griner from Russia over drug allegations after Biden announced a prisoner swap deal to release a different American prisoner from Russia in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted in the U.S. of similar charges on which the pro basketball star is being held.
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