Thursday/ good news and bad news

Wow, great news that basketball star Brittney Griner will be home soon.
The Biden Administration could not (yet) secure the release of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan who was detained in Moscow in 2018.

There are many other Americans being wrongfully detained by foreign governments as well. A State Department official remarked recently that the number is between 40 and 50.

Basketball player Brittney Griner (32) was swapped for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout (55). The Kremlin had pushed for more than a decade to get him released from prison in the United States.
P.S. I would have loved to travel to Russia, but I am inclined to agree with those that say the US State Dept should lump Russia with Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen (countries on the travel ban list for Americans).

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