Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Just before Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is to meet with new Russian president Ivanovich (Ian McShane), he receives a report from Joint Chiefs Chair Fitzwallace (John Amos) indicating that a Russian firm may be building a heavy-water reactor in Iran. Another Russian, outspoken Ivanovich critic Ludmilla Koss (Svetlana Efremova), poses a diplomatic problem for Toby (Richard Schiff). Leo (John Spencer) wants to help a big campaign contributor whose company is in serious financial trouble. Presidential aide Charlie (Dulé Hill) is perplexed about a curiously encoded letter. And during a press conference, C.J. (Allison Janney) makes pointed comments about the deaths of several Saudi women -- and receives a death threat as a result.