Brittney Griner, Women’s Basketball Star, Goes on Trial in Russia

The American basketball star Brittney Griner has endured months in a Russian prison and the threat of years more, a wartime bargaining chip between Moscow and Washington.

Brittney Griner arrived in Russia in February to play basketball, one of the sport’s biggest stars. She arrived in a courtroom outside Moscow on Friday as something else entirely — a potential bargaining chip in Russia’s tense standoff with the West over the war in Ukraine, described by supporters as a hostage of the Kremlin.

After more than four months languishing in a Russian prison, and speaking no Russian, Ms. Griner, 31, went on trial, accused of carrying into the country vape cartridges with

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