The United States proposed to Russia to try to get WNBA star Brittney Griner back to the States. The Joe Biden administration proposed to exchange Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
Even though the Department of Justice is opposed to prisoner trades, Biden is overriding that rule to try to get Griner back. Griner has been behind Russian bars since February for drug possession and Whelan has been behind bars since 2018 for espionage. Griner testified in July and is facing a 10-year sentence.