Was Aleksei Navalny's poisoning an outright assassination attempt? If so, why? Why now? And by whom? Is it in the Kremlin's interest to kill the opposition leader? Wouldn't that make him a martyr? Or maybe one of Russia's notorious intelligence agencies decided they would just take matters into their own hands? And is Navalny now the most formidable political challenger to Russian President Vladimir Putin? Mark Krutov of RFE/RL's Russian Service joins guest host Mike Eckel to discuss Navalny’s condition, and his future.
Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Monday 31 August 2020
Opponents to Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka turned out in droves over the weekend, packing the streets of Minsk and showing that after days of tough talk from Lukashenka, they aren’t ready to give up. But what about the Kremlin? It’s an open secret that they don’t think very much of Lukashenka, but what’s the alternative? Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL’s Russian Service, joins Senior Correspondent Mike Eckel to discuss what Moscow wants out of Belarus.
Some of the key developments in Russia over the past week, and some of the takeaways going forward, by the editor of RFE/RL's Russia Desk, Steve Gutterman.