Why was Brittney Griner in Russia, and why was she detained?

American basketball star Brittney Griner is coming home from a Russian prison after a prisoner exchange. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

American basketball star Brittney Griner, who had been detained in Russia since February on a drug-possession charge, was released from a Russian penal colony in a prisoner exchange for a Russian arms dealer, President Biden announced Thursday. Griner had been incarcerated since pleading guilty to the charge in July. Here’s what you need to know.

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