Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Saturday 1 December 2018
November 09, 2018
The Week In Russia: The 'Daring' GRU, Cesspit Deaths, And Elections Across The Ocean
Vladimir Putin doubles down over the missions and missteps of the GRU, hailing its officers as examples to emulate, while accidents on land and at sea point up deep-seated problems in Russia and Kremlin-watchers try to puzzle out what the U.S. midterm election results mean for Moscow.
November 02, 2018
The Week In Russia: The Great Terror, The Admiral Kuznetsov, And An Attack On The FSB
President Vladimir Putin was a no-show at ceremonies honoring the victims of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's Terror, while rights activists accused his government of abuses of its own, and Russia's only aircraft carrier was back in the news.
October 26, 2018
The Week In Russia: Martyrdom, Nuclear War, And Falling Ratings
Vladimir Putin said Russians will go to heaven as “martyrs” if the country gets into a nuclear war and warned of a new “arms race” if Washington abandons treaties. Putin got bad domestic news, with an ally issuing a grim economic forecast and a poll putting his approval rating near an all-time low.
October 12, 2018
The Week In Russia: A Storm Of Setbacks And A Call For Constitutional Change
Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced something close to a perfect storm in the past several days, with setbacks on many fronts, ranging from politics and opinion polls to space, soccer, religion regional tension, and more.
September 28, 2018
The Week In Russia: A Shockingly Normal Election, Novichok News, And More Jail For Navalny
The Kremlin scrambled to shore up its power nationwide after a handful of electoral defeats, while evidence that the poisoning of former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter was a GRU operation mounted as cybersleuths dug deeper and Russia dug in, repeating its denials. Aleksei Navalny walked out of jail after 30 days – and walked back in hours later, handed another 20 days behind bars over the protests he has mounted against President Vladimir Putin and pension reform.
September 21, 2018
The Week In Russia: Rough Around The Edges -- Challenges For Kremlin At Home, Abroad
The Kremlin suffered setbacks along edges of its sphere of influence over the past week: Syrian forces shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane, killing 15 servicemen; a ruling-party win in the Russian Far East was annulled amid evidence of "shocking" fraud; and the Russian Orthodox Church slipped closer to a historic loss of clout in Ukraine.
September 14, 2018
The Week In Russia: Duels And Don'ts -- Salisbury, 'Steak,' and Siloviki Slipups
One of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies broke the Kremlin taboo on speaking Aleksei Navalny’s name – and vowed to make “mincemeat” out of him in a duel. Two alleged GRU officers went on TV to explain why they were in Salisbury the day Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned, telling a story that critics said had more holes than the International Space Station. And Putin stunned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a proposal to sign a World War II peace treaty before the year is out.
Some of the key developments in Russia over the past week, and some of the takeaways going forward, by RFE/RL's News Editor Steve Gutterman.