Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Wednesday 22 May 2019
March 18, 2019
Podcast: What The Crimean Takeover Has Meant For Russia
Five years after President Vladimir Putin cemented the seizure of Crimea with an agreement signed in Moscow and considered invalid almost everywhere else, host Steve Gutterman takes a look at what the takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula has meant for Russia.
March 11, 2019
Podcast: The Titiyev Trial & 'Sovereign Internet' Aftermath
RFE/RL senior correspondent Merhat Sharipzhan joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss human rights activist Oyub Titiyev's trial in Chechnya, as well as what's ahead following the weekend protests against a so-called "sovereign Internet" bill that critics say is part of an effort to suppress dissent.
March 08, 2019
The Week In Russia: Gerasimov's Trojan Horse And A Tabloid's Tip For Putin
A bizarre claim by Russian top general that the Pentagon is developing a strategy involving air strikes and support for protesters sounds like bad news for Russians themselves, or at least for those in the mood to demonstrate against President Vladimir Putin's government -- or anything at all.
February 25, 2019
Podcast: Russia Marks Four Years Since The Death Of Nemtsov
This week, RFE/RL Senior Correspondent Merhat Sharipzhan joins Steve Gutterman to discuss the fourth anniversary of Boris Nemtsov's killing, as well as the Moldovan elections and what effect they may have on Russia's efforts to maintain influence across the former Soviet Union.
February 22, 2019
The Week In Russia: The State Of The Nation And Its Missiles
President Vladimir Putin altered his recipe a bit in his state-of-the-nation speech this year, omitting some of the prep work and hitting Washington and the West with a direct flame for a shorter period of time than last year, but the main ingredients were little changed.
February 15, 2019
The Week In Russia: 'Putin Lived, Putin Lives, Putin Will Live'
Last spring, longtime Kremlin aide and “managed democracy” architect Vladislav Surkov said Russia faces 100 years or more of geopolitical solitude -- and suggested that’s a good thing. Now he’s predicting it will be “Putin’s state” for just as long.
February 08, 2019
The Week In Russia: Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics -- And Eye Of Newt
"Putin's chef" serves up a poisonous allegation against prominent Putin foe Aleksei Navalny, who accuses him of lying, while an upbeat economic report prompts suspicion that the Russian statistics agency is cooking the books, and pro-Putin witches try to brew up trouble for the Kremlin's enemies.
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.