Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Wednesday 1 August 2018
July 27, 2018
The Week In Russia: The Torture Problem And The Second-Summit Dilemma
A harrowing video of an inmate’s beating shone a bare-bulb spotlight on Russia’s prison-torture problem. And a second summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was pushed into 2019 while the United States reaffirmed its rejection of Moscow’s takeover of Crimea, raising further questions about Russia’s concrete gains from the Trump-Putin talks in Helsinki.
July 20, 2018
The Week In Russia: Summit Shortcomings, Pension Perils
From Washington to Moscow, the summit in Helsinki was widely seen as a big win for Vladimir Putin. But despite President Donald Trump's follow-up invitation for Putin to visit the White House within months, the meeting may have fallen short of some of the Kremlin's more ambitious expectations. And when it was over, Putin returned home to a country facing the prickly problem of pension reform, with trepidation over planned retirement-age hikes denting his popularity.
July 13, 2018
The Week In Russia: What To Expect From The Trump-Putin Summit
On July 16 in Helsinki, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin hold their first full-fledged meeting since the U.S. president took office 18 months ago. This week, the Week in Russia takes a look at what to expect from the summit.
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."
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.