Griner-Bout swap, Ukraine energy crisis, No compromise in Iran, Germany's Der Coup

During the Cold War, prisoner exchanges would take place at Berlin's Bridge of Spies. In a flashback moment staged this time in Abu Dhabi, US basketball star Brittney Griner was swapped for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The former was stopped on the eve of the war in Ukraine with cannabis resin in her suitcase at Moscow airport; the latter was serving a 25-year sentence in the US for selling arms to rebels and rogue states the world over.

Speaking of Cold War, dinner by candlelight is always romantic but in one Kyiv restaurant in particular, it's by necessity. Repeated strikes by the Russians are hitting critical infrastructure in Ukraine at the outset of winter with rolling power outages. In the newly-retaken southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, the prospect of a freezing winter is a daunting one. But sympathy seems in short supply over at the Kremlin.

Time magazine put Ukraine's president on its cover this week, with Vivienne Walt's publication making him their person of the year. For Volodymyr Zelensky, the nod comes amid a new phase of the war. This was the week when the European Union slapped a ban on Russian imports of seaborne crude.

The week began with the dashed hope that Iran's authorities would offer up concessions in the face of their biggest protest movement in decades. The regime instead doubled down, with its first execution of a demonstrator.

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux.


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