Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Tuesday 22 October 2019
October 18, 2019
The Week In Russia: 2019 In The Middle East, 1938 Back Home?
As headlines proclaim Russian President Vladimir Putin the Middle East’s new “overlord” and the go-to guy for the region, strikes on civilians in Syria provide a chilling backstory. At home, opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says the state campaign against his operations smacks of 1938.
October 14, 2019
Podcast: Russia's Role In The Middle East
October 11, 2019
The Week In Russia: The Strong-Arming Of The Law And A Siberian Sojourn
Moscow piled pressure on opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, branding his group a "foreign agent" based on alleged donations from abroad totaling less than $2,200. And Vladimir Putin appeared with his defense chief in what looked like a painstakingly informal birthday photo shoot in Siberia.
October 05, 2019
The Week In Russia: Formats, Formulas, And A Kremlin Growl At Greta's Girl Power
Will the "Steinmeier Formula" bring a breakthrough in efforts to end the war in eastern Ukraine, or run up against disputes over the timing of retuning the state border to Kyiv's control? Also, Putin takes aim at Greta Thunberg, sending a signal to Russian protesters in the process, and an anti-Putin shaman is declared unfit to stand trial.
September 27, 2019
The Week In Russia: Stuck In The Middle With You
Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskiy have now both been at center stage in U.S. political controversies that have affected elections to the White House and the fate of its occupant. In terms of how they got there and how they have handled it, though, there are plenty of differences.
September 20, 2019
The Week In Russia: Big Chills, Little Thaws, And 'Workshop Solidarity'
If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes. They say that about New England, but it's true of Moscow, too, if it's the short-term political climate you're talking about. One day, a man is sentenced to years in prison, a few days later he is sprung from jail. But the following morning, a new crackdown may be in the forecast. Tough to tell a thaw from a false spring these days.
September 16, 2019
Podcast: What's Next For Russia's Opposition?
September 13, 2019
The Week In Russia: The Swap, The 'Smart Vote,' The Sucker Punch, The Spy
Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners in a swap that seemed lopsided beneath the symmetry, and Muscovites hand the ruling party a stinging blow -- while an election observer is sucker punched in a stark video that pretty much says it all. Plus, debate over how much a CIA informant in the Kremlin might have known.
September 09, 2019
Podcast: The Ukraine Swap And The Elections
September 02, 2019
Podcast: The Prisoner Swap That Didn't Happen, Bolton In Chisinau, And Ms. Sandu Doesn't Go To Washington
Guest host Mike Eckel talks to RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Natalia Churikova about a Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap that has not yet happened, but may still go ahead in the coming days. Churikova also casts her eye over Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s new government. Mircea Țicudean, a correspondent with RFE/RL's Moldovan Service, also offers insight into John Bolton’s recent visit to Chisinau and Prime Minister Maia Sandu’s postponed trip to Washington, D.C.