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Russia Releases Another
Jan 12, 2023 11:55 AM CST
Russia Releases Another Detained American
Case of Taylor Dudley hadn't been widely known
- Russia has released a US Navy veteran who'd been detained for nine months, reports the
. The name Taylor Dudley of Lansing, Michigan, may not ring a bell, however, because the 35-year-old's family had largely kept his case under the public radar, per CNN . Former New Mexico...
Brittney Griner Wants You
to Send Paul Whelan a Letter
Dec 22, 2022 12:39 PM CST
Brittney Griner Wants You to Send Paul Whelan a Letter
WNBA wants people who supported her to do the same for other detained Americans
- Letters from supporters ensured Brittney Griner "never lost hope" during 10 months in Russian detention—and she hopes they'll do the same for Paul Whelan. "I hope you'll join me in writing to Paul Whelan and continuing to advocate for other Americans to be rescued and...
Here's What Russia Wanted
in Exchange for Whelan
Dec 13, 2022 12:45 PM CST
Here's What Russia Wanted in Exchange for Whelan
Officials pushed for release of Vadim Krasikov, detained in Germany: CNN
- The family of Paul Whelan is holding out hope that "the third time is the charm." Referencing the releases this year of other Russian detainees Trevor Reed and Brittney Griner, the family said Monday it has faith that freeing Whelan remains a top priority for the Biden administration....
Dec 12, 2022 6:25 PM CST
Trump: I Turned Down Trading Bout for Whelan
US and Russia plan to discuss American's release this week
- Former President Trump said Sunday that he rejected a Russian prisoner trade that would have freed American Paul Whelan. In a post on Truth Social, the Hill reports, Trump said the price—the US release of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout—was too high. "I turned down a deal...
Brittney Griner Makes
a Fitting First Move
Dec 12, 2022 11:01 AM CST
Brittney Griner Makes a Fitting First Move
WNBA star dunks in light basketball workout
- Brittney Griner still hasn't addressed the public since her release from prison in Russia, but ESPN reports a nice development in her journey back to normalcy: She's dunking basketballs again. Griner's agent tells the outlet that the WNBA star worked out on a basketball court for the...
Griner in 'Very Good Spirits,'
as Viktor Bout Slams US
Dec 9, 2022 2:21 PM CST
Griner in 'Very Good Spirits,' as Viktor Bout Slams US
WNBA star has been reunited with her wife in Texas
- No new photographs or video emerged Friday afternoon of Brittney Griner, but the newly freed athlete has been reunited with her wife and appears to be in good health after 10 months in custody in Russia.
“She has been reunited with her wife, Cherelle," said White House press
Whelan: 'I Don't Understand
Why I'm Still Sitting Here'
Dec 8, 2022 12:26 PM CST
Whelan: 'I Don't Understand Why I'm Still Sitting Here'
He's glad Griner is free, but 'greatly disappointed' he's still being held in Russia
- WNBA star Brittney Griner is on her way back to the US after a prisoner exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Relatives of another American still imprisoned in Russia say that while the deal was the right thing to do, this is still a painful moment for them—and...
Paul Whelan's Family Finally
Hears From Him in Russia
Dec 2, 2022 10:05 AM CST
Paul Whelan's Family Finally Hears From Him in Russia
American prisoner is allowed to call parents from a hospital, but not much else is known
- After a worrisome pause in communication, the family of imprisoned American Paul Whelan says he was allowed to call them Friday from Russia. Whelan called his parents early Friday, marking the first time the family had heard from him since Nov. 23, said his brother David, per the AP . Paul...
US Diplomats Meet
With Brittney Griner
Nov 3, 2022 3:58 PM CDT
US Diplomats Meet With Brittney Griner
Administration says Russia still refuses US offer for 2 Americans being held
- Officials from the US Embassy in Moscow were able to meet Thursday with Brittney Griner, the American WNBA star imprisoned in Russia, for the first time in months. The meeting was confirmed by the State Department, the
reports. "We are told she's doing as well as...
Biden to Meet With Families
of Griner, Whelan
Sep 15, 2022 12:56 PM CDT
Biden to Meet With Families of Griner, Whelan
Both are jailed in Russia
- President Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with family members of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan , both of whom remain jailed in Russia, senior administration officials told the AP . The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between...
This Is the Russian on Offer
in Exchange for Britney Griner
Jul 28, 2022 8:50 AM CDT
This Is the Russian on Offer in Exchange for Britney Griner
Viktor Bout, former Soviet military translator, could pass on intelligence, says pundit
- The imprisoned Russian arms dealer the Biden administration has reportedly offered to swap for Russian detainees Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan is known here as the "Merchant of Death." Viktor Bout—who reportedly inspired Nicolas Cage's arms dealer character in 2005's
Lord of War
Trade to Russia
Jul 27, 2022 4:38 PM CDT
US Suggests Trade to Russia for Griner, Whelan
Blinken says he hopes to discuss the deal with Lavrov this week
- The Biden administration has settled on a proposal for Russia, offering to trade an imprisoned Russian arms trafficker for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. President Biden has agreed to the exchange of detainees, which has been under discussion for months, despite the Justice Department's opposition to such deals, CNN...
Biden Calls Brittney Griner's
Wife After Her Plea for Help
Jul 7, 2022 1:00 AM CDT
Biden Calls Brittney Griner's Wife After Her Plea for Help
Reassures Cherelle Griner he's working toward her release
President Biden on Wednesday called Brittney Griner's wife and assured her he's working to free the WNBA star, who remains jailed in Russia and recently wrote to Biden asking for help. VP Kamala Harris also spoke to Cherelle Griner, who has criticized the US handling of her...
Russia Sentences American
to 16 Years in Prison
Jun 15, 2020 6:02 AM CDT
Russia Sentences American to 16 Years in Prison
Former Marine Paul Whelan convicted of spying
- A former US Marine just got handed a 16-year prison sentence in Russia for spying. Paul Whelan , 50, insists he's innocent and was set up in a bogus sting operation, reports the BBC . On Monday, he held a sign in court reading "sham trial!" Whelan was arrested...
Lawyer: Paul Whelan Thought
He Was Getting Vacation Pics
Jan 22, 2019 7:27 AM CST
Lawyer: Paul Whelan Thought He Was Getting Vacation Pics
But the American's lawyer says he thought he was getting vacation photos
- In early January, Russian authorities claimed the American arrested in Moscow over an alleged "espionage operation" received a flash drive containing a list of employees of a secret Russian agency. Now Paul Whelan's attorney says he did indeed receive a drive that held "state secrets," but...
Russians Say 'US Spy' Was
Caught Receiving a Flash Drive
Jan 4, 2019 2:51 AM CST
Russians Say 'US Spy' Was Caught Receiving a Flash Drive
Meanwhile, it emerges that Paul Whelan is also a British citizen
- The American citizen arrested in Russia over an alleged "espionage operation" is a citizen of at least one other country. British authorities confirmed Thursday that Paul Whelan is a dual national and has requested assistance from British diplomats in Moscow. The 48-year-old former Marine was born in Canada, though...
Marines Release Details on
American Held by Russians
Jan 2, 2019 12:48 PM CST
Marines Release Details on American Held by Russians
US officials have been granted access to Paul Whelan
- The Russian government said Wednesday it has allowed an American citizen held on espionage charges to have access to US officials seeking answers about his arrest. The AP reports US consular officials were granted access to Michigan resident and former Marine Paul Whelan for the first time since his arrest...
American Arrested in Russia
'Has a Superior Set of Skills'
Jan 1, 2019 3:12 PM CST
American Arrested in Russia 'Has a Superior Set of Skills'
But Paul Whelan's brother says he's definitely not a spy
- The American who Russia claims is a spy was simply in the country to attend a wedding, according to his family. News of Paul Whelan's arrest in Moscow came on Monday. At the time, Russia's FSB said only that an American man had been detained Friday "during...
Russia Says It Arrested
a 'US Spy' in Moscow
Dec 31, 2018 5:55 AM CST
Russia Says It Arrested a 'US Spy' in Moscow
His name has been given as Paul Whelan
- Russia's domestic security agency says it has arrested a US citizen on espionage charges. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the top KGB successor agency, said that the American man was detained in Moscow on Friday. The agency in Monday's statement didn't elaborate beyond saying he was...
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