Biden admin. releases Russian war criminal who conspired to kill Americans in exchange for WNBA player

The Biden administration has made a controversial prisoner’s exchange, according to many.

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The Biden administration has announced it secured the release of Brittney Griner, a WNBA player, in exchange for Viktor Bout,  a Russian war criminal and arms dealer who has conspired to kill Americans. 

The Biden administration also appears to have prioritized the release of WNBA Brittney Griner over U.S. Marine veteran  Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Russia in 2018 and was convicted to 16 years of prison in June 2020. 

The U.S. also failed to secure the release of another American citizen arrested in Russia, in similar circumstances, but who is not a WNBA player. 

Sources also say Putin wanted Viktor Bout to be freed so he could provide support in the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict.

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