Are the Kremlin’s goals for Belarus changing? And does the German finding that Aleksei Navalny had a Novichok agent in his system change the situation surrounding the Russian opposition politician’s poisoning? RFE/RL senior correspondent Tony Wesolowsky joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Monday 7 September 2020
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.
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.