Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Monday 30 March 2020
March 27, 2020
The Week In Russia: Reality, Perception, And Luck
For a while it looked like the Kremlin would try to avoid the many of the anti-coronavirus measures other countries have put in place, and just hope to dodge a bullet. That changed this week, as President Vladimir Putin postponed a vote paving the way for extended rule and stepped up a struggle against COVID-19 on two fronts: Reality and perception.
March 23, 2020
Podcast: COVID-19 & The View From Moscow
It’s a strange new world, but the strangeness varies from city to city and country to country amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. RFE/RL Moscow correspondent Matthew Luxmoore joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss the measures and the mood in the Russian capital.
March 20, 2020
The Week In Russia: COVID-19, The Constitution, And A Bitter Anniversary For Crimean Tatars
The Constitutional Court jumps through hoops to give a clean bill of health to an amendment that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, while the coronavirus could hand a real-life test to a Kremlin often focused on imagery and optics. And the anniversary of Russia’s takeover of their homeland shines a grim spotlight on Moscow’s treatment of Crimean Tatars.
March 16, 2020
Podcast: The Constitution And The Coronavirus
Russia’s Constitutional Court faces perhaps its biggest decision ever – but there’s zero suspense, with the court all but certain to approve an amendment enabling President Vladimir Putin to seek reelection in 2024 and beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is stepping up measures against the coronavirus. Will they work? RFE/RL senior correspondent Mike Eckel joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
March 13, 2020
The Week In Russia: Zero Hour
The surprise move that will give Vladimir Putin a chance to remain Russian president until 2036 is being mocked by critics, who call it a travesty. With the constitutional changes Putin is pushing through, one political analyst says, "A new Russia is taking shape which is more disdainful of democracy" and will put the country on path that will be difficult to reverse.
March 09, 2020
Podcast: MH17, The Constitution, And A Showdown Over Oil
The MH17 trial gets under way in the Netherlands and constitutional amendments advance in Russia, while a surprise move by Moscow roils world oil markets and presents risks for the Kremlin. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
March 06, 2020
The Week In Russia: The Not-So-Basic Law And The Goal In Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin is injecting the sensitive and potentially divisive issues of god, ethnicity, and same-sex marriage into the country's constitution. But the wording as leaked by lawmakers suggests he is taking a careful approach, going just as far as he thinks he can without risking a big blowup or backlash. The same goes for Syria, amid tension with Turkey over the bloodshed in Idlib Province.
March 02, 2020
Podcast: Tension With Turkey And A Trial In The Hague
A new round of tension between Russia and Turkey has erupted over the war in Syria, and an upcoming trial in the Netherlands will put Russia in the spotlight again over the downing of Flight MH17. Current Time Executive Editor Kiryl Sukhotski joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss what’s at stake.
February 28, 2020
The Week In Russia: 'A Specific Disorder Of The Mind'
President Vladimir Putin suggested that Russia and Ukraine should unite, seeming to ignore the six-year war and gloss over Kremlin actions that make even the notion of substantial cooperation seem highly improbable for the foreseeable future. Days later, Putin's former point man on Ukraine unleashed a provocative diatribe in which he claimed that the country does not exist.
February 24, 2020
Podcast: A Killing Near The Kremlin
Five years ago this week, a former deputy prime minister who had become one of President Vladimir Putin's most outspoken opponents was shot dead on a bridge in central Moscow. Senior Correspondent Merhat Sharipzhan joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss the search for justice five years after Boris Nemtsov's killing.
February 21, 2020
The Week In Russia: 'Not Telling' (Or How The Kremlin Holds Back Information)
The architect of "managed democracy" is managed out, and President Vladimir Putin reveals almost zero about the motives for Vladislav Surkov’s departure. Same goes for the dismissal of Dmitry Medvedev’s cabinet, with Putin’s telling remark about the timing of the move being, "Not telling." And the Kremlin kept Russians guessing about whether it will reach in and shorten the sentences handed down to seven men convicted in a terror trial marred by torture claims.
February 17, 2020
Podcast: Munich And The Constitution
Russia delivered a familiar message at the annual Munich Security Conference, accusing the West of stoking tensions and maintaining that Moscow poses no threat. At home, the process of changing the constitution continues -- but not as fast as it looked out of the gate. Irina Lagunina, a senior correspondent with RFE/RL's Russian Service, joins Steve Gutterman to take a look at what's happened and what is to come.