Video of Brittney Griner prison swap released

Russia’s Federal Security Service released footage of the prisoner swap of WNBA basketball player Brittney Griner and arms dealer Viktor Bout between Russia and the United States on Thursday, December 8.

How do prisoner swaps work?

Dr. Richard Stoll, a professor from Rice University who specializes in International Relations, explains how prisoner swaps can work between countries in the wake of Brittney Griner being released from Russia in a prisoner swap with notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Kremlin: Any talks about Brittney Griner swap must be confidential

Asked if Brittney Griner could be freed as part of a prisoners swap with Washington, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that "we always say that any contacts about possible exchanges can only be conducted in silence under a tight lid on any information."