Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Sunday 28 April 2019
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.
January 28, 2019
Podcast: The Week Ahead In Russia
This week, RFE/RL News Editor Steve Gutterman takes a look at the showdown in Venezuela, including reports Russia has sent fighters there to protect an embattled Nicolas Maduro; the U.S. deadline for Russia to comply with a key nuclear arms treaty; and, once again, the prospects for a World War II
January 25, 2019
The Week In Russia: A 'Political Prisoner' Walks Free, Siberian Schoolchildren Go Hungry, And Moscow Backs Its Man In Caracas
Putin’s poll problems persist, with the number of Russians naming him as someone they trust to handle “important matters of state” at a longtime low of 33.4 percent.
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.