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Russian Media Reporting Significant Brittney Griner Development

US basketball star Brittney Griner during her court hearing in Russia.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner sits inside a defendants' cage before a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 27, 2022. - Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying in her luggage vape cartridges with cannabis oil, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

On Friday, Russian media provided an update on a potential prisoner swap involving WNBA star Brittney Griner. 

It's being reported that Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian deputy minister for foreign affairs, is optimistic about a prisoner swap. 

Russia is apparently targeting an exchange that involves Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout.

“The Americans are showing some external activity, we are working professionally through a special channel designed for this,” Ryabkov said. “Viktor Bout is among those who are being discussed, and we certainly count on a positive result.“

Last week, President Joe Biden said he wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to be "more willing" to discuss a prisoner exchange. Judging by the latest report, Russia's demands remain firm. 

Griner has reportedly been transferred to Female Penal Colony IK-2 in Yavas. This Russian penal colony has a bad reputation

A prisoner swap is Griner's only real path back to the United States. In August, she was sentenced to nine years in prison.