Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Friday 22 November 2019
November 22, 2019
The Week In Russia: Survey Says: Russians Want More Rights
An opinion poll shows that many more Russians consider rights like freedom of speech and assembly to be important during Putin's current term, Moscow's unusual claim about domestic-violence victims is likened to trolling, and the Kremlin avoids substantive comment on a horrific killing in Syria.
November 18, 2019
Podcast: Impeachment Battles In Washington, Talk Of Ukraine Peace Talks
How might the impeachment-inquiry hearings in Washington affect Russia, and what are the chances of real progress toward peace in eastern Ukraine as the leaders of four countries prepare to meet next month? RFE/RL Senior Correspondent Mike Eckel joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
November 15, 2019
The Week In Russia: Impunity From Magnitsky To The Moika
Beneath the grisly details of graduate student Anastasia Yeshchenko’s killing lies a less tabloid-friendly tale -- a seemingly never-ending story about the impunity of people who hold power in Russia. Other chapters include the jailhouse death of whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky 10 years ago and the long rule of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, whose suggestion that those who dishonor officials online should be slain has caused concern but no consequences.
November 11, 2019
Podcast: The Death Of A Whistle-Blower
Whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky died in a Moscow jail 10 years ago this week, after being locked up by some of the same people he accused of stealing $230 million from the Russian state. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss what's changed since then, and what has not.
November 08, 2019
The Week In Russia: Kremlin Circles Its Wagons Around 'Sovereign' Internet
Russia's controversial "sovereign Internet" law comes into force, with critics saying its real aim is to quash dissent inside the country. The Kremlin shrugs off a chilling comment that deepens concerns about the latitude given to Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. And a conscript kills eight fellow servicemen in a shooting blamed by some in Moscow on violent video games.
November 04, 2019
Podcast: How United Is Russia, And Will A Renewed Doping Scandal Keep It Out Of The 2020 Olympics?
RFE/RL Enterprise Editor Carl Schreck joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss National Unity Day and Russia's continued troubles with doping, which may keep the country out of the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
November 01, 2019
The Week In Russia: As Revolution Swept Across Eastern Europe In 1989, Change Was In The Air In Moscow -- Sort Of
Months before communism collapsed across the Warsaw Pact, revolution was in the air in the Soviet Union, too. But to one foreigner -- lining up for butter and cheese, trudging to class past a KGB jail, and sneaking into the Sputnik movie theater -- the Soviet Union's demise was no foregone conclusion.
October 28, 2019
Podcast: 'Returning The Names' Of The Victims Of Stalin's Terror
Thousands of people are expected to line up on Lubyanka Square in Moscow to recite the names of people killed by the state during Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's Great Terror over 80 years ago. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss repressions past and present.
October 25, 2019
Let Me Tell You About Ukraine, Mr. President
First Bush, then Trump: Vladimir Putin has badmouthed Ukraine to a U.S. leader for at least the second time, reports say, poisoning the well in a phone call with President Donald Trump back in May. At home, Putin purged critical voices from his own Human Rights Council.
October 18, 2019
The Week In Russia: 2019 In The Middle East, 1938 Back Home?
As headlines proclaim Russian President Vladimir Putin the Middle East’s new “overlord” and the go-to guy for the region, strikes on civilians in Syria provide a chilling backstory. At home, opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says the state campaign against his operations smacks of 1938.
October 14, 2019
Podcast: Russia's Role In The Middle East
Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to Saudi Arabia on October 14 is conveniently symbolic of Moscow's increased influence in the Middle East, as analysts say a U.S. pullback in northern Syria is playing into the hands of Russian-backed President Bashar al-Assad and others. A report in The New York Times about hospital bombings paints a stark picture of one of the ways that clout has been gained, and how it is used. Join host Steve Gutterman for this week's The Week Ahead in Russia podcast.
October 11, 2019
The Week In Russia: The Strong-Arming Of The Law And A Siberian Sojourn
Moscow piled pressure on opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, branding his group a "foreign agent" based on alleged donations from abroad totaling less than $2,200. And Vladimir Putin appeared with his defense chief in what looked like a painstakingly informal birthday photo shoot in Siberia.
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.