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Biden vows to bring longtime detainee Paul Whelan home from Russia too

1 month ago   |   By NPR

The former U.S. Marine has been held in Russia since 2018. As supporters celebrate Brittney Griner's release, they - Whelan himself included - are wondering why he was left behind. (Image credit: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images)
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‘Very painful decision': How Biden chose to bring Griner home and leave Whelan in Russia

‘Very painful decision': How Biden chose to bring Griner home and leave Whelan in Russia

1 month ago   |   By Politico

In the last few weeks, President Joe Biden was presented with a one-or-none choice: Bring Brittney Griner home now, or risk leaving both her and fellow American Paul Whelan in Russian custody. So Biden made the “very painful decision” to solely secure the basketball star's release, a senior administration official said. While Biden scored a major diplomatic victory, he again disappointed the Whelan family that has waited four years to embrace him. The scramble that ensued between the U.S. and Russia to finalize the remaining details resulted in a movie-like scene unfolding Thursday morning...
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