Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Sunday 21 October 2018
June 22, 2018
The Week In Russia: World Cup Hosts Advance, Retirement Recedes
Vladimir Putin edged closer to a long-awaited meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, and Russian soccer fans reveled in decisive wins that moved the underdog host country past the group stage of the World Cup. But millions of Russian citizens got less welcome news, as the government pushed to raise the retirement age and lawmakers voted on language-education legislation that ethnic minorities fear could erase their cultures.
June 15, 2018
The Week In Russia: Putin's World Cup, A G7 Boost, And The Trump-Kim Summit
Vladimir Putin welcomed soccer fans from around the globe to the first World Cup staged in Russia, got an invite of sorts from Donald Trump to rejoin the G7, and looked on from afar as Trump held a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
May 18, 2018
The Week In Russia: Crossing To Crimea, Stumbling On Sanctions
President Vladimir Putin got some extra mileage from Moscow's takeover of Crimea by opening a bridge to the peninsula, while Russia struggled to respond to the latest U.S. sanctions without harming itself at a time when it can ill-afford further damage to its fragile economy.
April 20, 2018
The Week In Russia: Poison Gas, Paper Airplanes
Russia sought to shut down Telegram, stood by as Western air strikes targeted its Syrian ally, and avoided a fresh volley of U.S. sanctions -- for now -- while holding off on its own retaliation to punitive measures for its "malign activity around the globe."
April 13, 2018
The Week In Russia: Sanctions, Syria, And Solitude
Russia's standing on the world stage looked pretty precarious the first week in April, with Moscow facing Western wrath over a nerve-agent poisoning in England as well as the threat of new U.S. sanctions. Since then, even more pressure has been piled on.
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.