Closing arguments in the case of Brittney Griner cannabis possession in Russia are set for Thursday

It's almost six months passed that the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport

The case now reached the highest levels of U.S.-Russia diplomacy

Griner could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted

In the court the doctor has certified that the cannabis found in her luggage is prescribed for her pain treatment

It is not clear when the verdict will be announced

If she is not freed, the high-stakes possibility of a prisoner swap will be taken into account.

People familiar with the proposal say it envisions Griner and Whelan trading for notorious arms dealer Victor Bout.

It underscores the public pressure the White House has faced to release Griner

Russian officials scoff at US statements about the case, saying they show disrespect for Russian law

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