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Podcast: The Causes Of Militant Islam, Plus Putin And The State Of Marriage In Russia


Correspondent Gregory Feifer (right) interviews the Kremlin-appointed president of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov

Correspondent Gregory Feifer (right) interviews the Kremlin-appointed president of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov

Why are radical Islamists more violent in Pakistan than in Indonesia?

On The Blender this week, that’s just one of the questions put to "Wall Street Journal Asia' columnist Sadanand Dhume. He’s the author of the book “My Friend the Fanatic: Travels With a Radical Islamist” and writes and speaks often on the topic of radical Islam.

In the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia, young men suspected of being Islamic militants often disappear without a trace. Security forces are accused by human rights organizations of being behind many disappearances.

Correspondent Gregory Feifer traveled to the region and spoke to its Kremlin appointed president, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.

And we take a closer look at the discovery of an intelligence agency file stating that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cheated on his wife and beat her when he worked as an intelligence agent in East Germany in the 1980s.


Correspondent Daisy Sindelar sat down with Irina Lagunina of RFE/RL's Russian Service to talk about the allegations and the reaction -- or the lack thereof -- in Russia, and the state of marriage in the country.

This week’s host is Bruce Jacobs.

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