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WNBA Star Griner Appeals Russian Prison Term Amid Swap Talks

  • Moscow court sentenced US basketball player to nine years
  • Russia confirmed swap discussions on Griner, Whelan and Bout
Brittney Griner is escorted to the courtroom to hear the court’s final decision in Khimki outside Moscow, on Aug. 4, 2022.
Brittney Griner is escorted to the courtroom to hear the court’s final decision in Khimki outside Moscow, on Aug. 4, 2022.

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WNBA star Brittney Griner appealed her nine-year prison sentence imposed by a Moscow court as the US and Russia pursue talks on a possible exchange involving her and another jailed American.

Griner’s defense team filed the appeal, her lawyer Maria Blagovolina said Monday. The 31-year-old basketball star was convicted on drug charges Aug. 8 after being arrested at a Moscow airport in February when customs officials found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. She pleaded guilty last month, saying her action was unintentional.