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WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian penal colony

WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian penal colony
U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner now faces 9 years in a Russian prison. She was convicted Thursday in a Russian court on drug charges for having cannabis oil in her luggage last February as she arrived in Moscow. The Biden administration had sharply criticized her arrest and condemned the verdict. Journalist Julia Ioffe, a founding partner at Puck News, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

Journalist Julia Ioffe, a founding partner at Puck News, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.Journalist Julia Ioffe follows this and the Russian system closely.Julia Ioffe, welcome back to the "NewsHour.Julia Ioffe, Washington Correspondent, Puck News: Well, it's hard to say because, right now, an American would get a lot.

But what do you think the prospects are, Julia Ioffe, that there — there was all this talk last week about a potential prisoner swap for Brittney Griner and another American being held in Russia, Paul Whelan, for Viktor Bout, a notorious arms dealer being held in the United States.Julia Ioffe, what does she face, nine years in a — what — a penal colony.

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