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Women's National Basketball Association player Brittney Griner leaves the courtroom after the verdict in Khimki, outside Moscow, on Aug. 4. A Russian court found Griner guilty of smuggling and storing narcotics. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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American pilot Francis Gary Powers (far right) during his 1960 trial in Moscow. Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union. He was jailed for nearly two years before he was freed in a swap for a Soviet spy imprisoned in the U.S. AP hide caption

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The Cold War to Brittney Griner: a new twist in U.S.-Russia prisoner swaps

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The U.S. traded Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to Moscow in a prisoner exchange for American basketball player Brittney Griner. Bout is shown here in custody in Bangkok in 2008. After being extradited to the U.S. and convicted of conspiring to kill Americans, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images hide caption

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