Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Monday 30 September 2019
September 30, 2019
Podcast: As Backdrops Shift, What's Next For Russia Protests And The War In Ukraine?
RFE/RL senior correspondent Mike Eckel joins Steve Gutterman to discuss the prospects for future protests after the latest demonstration in Moscow, and how developments in Washington, Kyiv, and Moscow might affect the course of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
September 27, 2019
The Week In Russia: Stuck In The Middle With You
Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskiy have now both been at center stage in U.S. political controversies that have affected elections to the White House and the fate of its occupant. In terms of how they got there and how they have handled it, though, there are plenty of differences.
September 20, 2019
The Week In Russia: Big Chills, Little Thaws, And 'Workshop Solidarity'
If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes. They say that about New England, but it's true of Moscow, too, if it's the short-term political climate you're talking about. One day, a man is sentenced to years in prison, a few days later he is sprung from jail. But the following morning, a new crackdown may be in the forecast. Tough to tell a thaw from a false spring these days.
September 13, 2019
The Week In Russia: The Swap, The 'Smart Vote,' The Sucker Punch, The Spy
Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners in a swap that seemed lopsided beneath the symmetry, and Muscovites hand the ruling party a stinging blow -- while an election observer is sucker punched in a stark video that pretty much says it all. Plus, debate over how much a CIA informant in the Kremlin might have known.
September 02, 2019
Podcast: The Prisoner Swap That Didn't Happen, Bolton In Chisinau, And Ms. Sandu Doesn't Go To Washington
Guest host Mike Eckel talks to RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Natalia Churikova about a Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap that has not yet happened, but may still go ahead in the coming days. Churikova also casts her eye over Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s new government. Mircea Țicudean, a correspondent with RFE/RL's Moldovan Service, also offers insight into John Bolton’s recent visit to Chisinau and Prime Minister Maia Sandu’s postponed trip to Washington, D.C.
August 26, 2019
A Possible Prisoner Swap And Protesters Persevere
Guest host Carl Schreck is joined by Kiryl Sukhotski, executive editor at Current Time, as they discuss a possible prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine, the swearing in of Ukraine's new parliament, and continuing opposition protests in Russia.
August 16, 2019
The Week In Russia: Nothing To See Here: Kremlin Shrugs As August Events Pile Up
Russia has endured deadlier and more momentous developments in August in the past, but not always so many of them. Amid massive wildfires, weekly protests whose size has grown, and a mysterious blast that killed five nuclear specialists, the Kremlin seems to be working hard to look calm, cool, and collected.
August 09, 2019
The Week In Russia: Putin's Long (Blame) Game And The Moscow Protests
Blaming the West has long been a go-to strategy for Putin, who was tapped to be prime minister by Boris Yeltsin 20 years ago. Amid a tense summer showdown with opponents and ordinary citizens over elections in Moscow, he has not publicly pointed the finger at foreign forces, but his government has.
August 05, 2019
Podcast: More Protests, More Beatings, More Arrests -- And Will Medvedev Meet Berdymukhammedov?
RFE/RL senior correspondent Mike Eckel joins host Steve Gutterman to talk about the Moscow protests and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's scheduled trip to Turkmenistan, whose president has not been seen in public for weeks.
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.