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AP Explains: Griner's release from Russia

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Khimki, Russia – 4 August 20221. Wide of American basketball star Brittney Griner walking inside the courthouse ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington – 8 December 20222. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press:"My name is Eric Tucker, and I cover national security for The Associated Press in Washington."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Khimki, Russia – 4 August 20223. Wide of Brittney Griner talking to lawyer4. Wide of lawyers discussing with Griner in a cell behind them5. Close up of Griner distressed GrinerASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Bangkok, Thailand – 22 September 20086. Various of Viktor Bout after being arrested in ThailandASSOCIATED PRESSWashington – 8 December 2022++FULLY COVERED++7. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press:"Brittney Griner is on her way back to America after being released by Russia from her drug possession conviction as part of a prisoner swap with the United States. The United States, for its part, has freed a convicted Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout. This is the second such exchange with Russia in eight months."SNTVARCHIVE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 8 August 2016++Use on broadcast and digital channels, including social. Available worldwide. Can be used for the duration of your current contract. No takedown necessary for standalone digital users. All usage subject to rights licensed in contract. For any questions regarding rights restrictions please contact planning@sntv.com++8. Wide of Griner training with the US Olympic teamASSOCIATED PRESSWashington – 8 December 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++9. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press:"Brittney Griner, in addition to being a superstar basketball player in the United States, actually also played basketball for a professional league in Russia. In February, she was traveling through an airport in Russia, and she was stopped with what officials there described as a small amount of cannabis oil. She subsequently pleaded guilty to that offense, admitting that she packed her bag hastily and did not realize what was in it. She was sentenced to a nine year prison term."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Moscow – 15 July 202210. Wide of Brittney Griner being escorted into courtroomASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Moscow – 23 October 201911. Various of Paul Whelan, an American detained in Russia and accused of espionage, being let into a courtroom and then a cellASSOCIATED PRESSWashington – 8 December 2022++FULLY COVERED++12. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press:"When Brittney Griner returns home to the United States, she's going to have access to a variety of medical, dental, mental health services, whatever she might need. In addition, the United States says it's going to keep working to secure the release of another jailed American who was not part of this deal. His name is Paul Whelan. He is a corporate security executive from Michigan who has been held there in Russia for the last four years on espionage charges that both he and the United States government say are totally trumped up and fabricated. Russia would not release him as part of this arrangement, but the United States said is continuing to work forward to try to get Wieland home as well."ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington – 8 December 202213. SOUNDBITE (English) Eric Tucker, Associated Press:"This deal shows the administration's willingness to release serious criminals from United States prisons and send them back to their home countries if it means getting home Americans who have been jailed abroad. We have seen a pattern in the last year of the United States releasing people who were convicted of very serious offenses in exchange for the home countries of those offenders releasing Americans. And that's something that the administration says it is willing to do, even as it faces criticism."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Russia has freed WNBA star Brittney Griner in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The swap comes at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine and it achieved a top goal for President Joe Biden. But it also carried a heavy price, with American Paul Whelan still detained in Russia on espionage charges that his family and the U.S. government says baseless. Associated Press reporter Eric Tucker says the prisoner swap shows the United States' commitment to bringing detained Americans home."This deal shows the administration's willingness to release serious criminals from United States prisons and send them back to their home countries if it means getting home Americans who have been jailed abroad," Tucker said.While the Biden Administration continues its efforts to bring home Paul Whelan, Brittney Griner will be offered a slew of health alternatives upon returning from her confinement in Russia. "When Brittney Griner returns home to the United States, she's going to have access to a variety of medical, dental, mental health services, whatever she might need," Tucker said.President Joe Biden says Griner is "safe, she's on a plane, she's on her way home,." He spoke from the White House, where he was accompanied by Griner's wife, Cherelle, and administration officials. 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