With the appointment of an acerbic and controversial media chief and a fiery speech promoting traditional values, Vladimir Putin laid down a couple unmistakable ideological markers this week.
In the latest "Power Vertical Podcast," we discuss two related topics: the appointment of conservative firebrand Dmitry Kiselyov to head the new state-run Rossia Segodnya media conglomerate and Putin's state-of-the-nation address, where he pledged to defend socially conservative values at home and abroad against "genderless and infertile" Western liberalism.
Joining me are co-host Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine "Neprikosnovenny zapas
" and special guest Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at the New School and author of the forthcoming book, "The Lost Khrushchev: A Family Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind
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