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Russia’s arrest of Brittney Griner, WNBA basketball star from Houston, adds to escalating global conflict

The athlete, who is Black and gay, was detained by Putin’s regime, which has stoked nationalism and homophobia and is admired by some in America’s far right.

By Lomi Kriel, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
Brittney Griner, of the United States Women's Basketball team, during the gold-medal match against Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Saitama, Japan on Aug. 8, 2021.

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