For the first time since Brittney Griner’s arrest almost three months ago, Russia appears to have publicly signaled its asking price for her safe return.
Russia is looking to exchange the WNBA star in a prisoner swap for notorious convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout.
That is unlikely to happen so South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley is calling on the media to cover her story more frequently until she gets back on US soil.
Griner has been behind bars since Feb. 17 when she flew into a Moscow airport and Russian customs officials allegedly found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. She is under investigation for the large-scale transportation of drugs and faces up to 10 years in a Russian prison if convicted.
The WNBA star appeared at a hearing in a courtroom outside Moscow on Friday and had her pre-trial detention extended by a month.
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