Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for Brittney Griner

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Russian prosecutors are asking a court to sentence basketball star Brittany griner to nearly a decade in prison on drug charges Nearly 6 months after griner was arrested at a Moscow airport her trial is nearing an end a conviction appears nearly certain since Russian courts rarely acquit defendants and griner has acknowledged having vape cartridges with cannabis oil Prosecutors are asking the court for a 9 and a half year sentence It's unclear when a verdict will be announced if griner is not freed attention will turn to a potential prisoner swap The U.S. is pushing Russia to accept a deal to free both grin or and fellow American Paul Whelan people familiar with the proposal say it envisions trading them for arms dealer Victor boot

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