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# Prisoner Swap

This week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
Five US citizens who were jailed in Iran have been freed in a deal between both countries
US President Joe Biden has granted clemency to five Iranians who were jailed or awaiting trial for non-violent crimes.
Last year
US trades basketballer Brittney Griner for Russian arms dealer in prisoner swap
The deal procured the release of the most prominent American detained abroad.
Russian court rejects US basketball player’s appeal on nine year sentence for cannabis oil
Griner was convicted on 4 August after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage
Zelenskyy calls on Russians to resist mobilisation as major prisoner swap takes place
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has welcomed the exchanges.
The high-profile prisoner swap saw 215 Ukrainian and foreign fighters exchanged — 200 of them for a single person, an ally of Putin.
Ministers in Germany today signalled that the country is ready to take in Russian deserters.
Flights out of Russia to neighbouring countries are now nearly entirely booked and prices have skyrocketed.
Debunked: No, 35km queues of traffic have not formed at the Russia-Finland border
Tom Clonan: Putin has made another strategic blunder but this is a dangerous moment
All time
Two Canadians in prisoner swap released on bail for health reasons, China says
Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in December 2019.
Russia and Ukraine swap 70 prisoners in landmark exchange
Among those swapped were 24 Ukrainian sailors, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Russian journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky.
82 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 have been released
They were exchanged for a number of Boko Haram fighters held by authorities in Nigeria.
Hundreds of prisoners on the move in swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit
The soldier is set for release after over five years in captivity since his capture by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid.
Prisoner swap: Israel to release hundreds of prisoners for Shalit's freedom
In a prisoner swap, Israel has published the names of 477 Palestinian prisoners who will be released in exhange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s freedom.