Steve Gutterman's Week In Russia
Monday 13 January 2020
January 13, 2020
Podcast: Putin's State-Of-The Nation Address
Yes. It's that time of the year again. It's President Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address. For Putin, it’s his second since being reelected to a second, six-year term in 2018. And it comes at time of growing questions -- in and out of Russia -- about his political future. What should we be looking look for and why? Guest host Mike Eckel speaks with Irina Lagunina of RFE/RL's Russian Service.
January 10, 2020
The Week In Russia: Just Enough War, Just Enough Chaos
The high tension over Iran creates an opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seize-the-moment approach to global events. But it also threatens to take the Kremlin out of its comfort zone, and points to the limits of a foreign policy that often relies on leveraging as much clout as possible while ceding dominance to others.
January 06, 2020
Podcast: A Killing In The Middle East And A Pipeline To Europe
Vladimir Putin is expected to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on January 8 for a ceremony to open the Turkstream pipeline, which has begun pumping natural gas to the Balkans via Turkey. The Russian and Turkish presidents also seem certain to discuss events in the Middle East, where the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military leader has added to tensions. Current Time Executive Editor Kiryl Sukhotski joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
January 03, 2020
The Week In Russia: War And (The Supply Of) Peace
Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, Moscow is picking fights over the causes of the conflict and the events of the bitter decades that followed. Meanwhile, a Kremlin-aligned analyst says Russia should package itself as the world’s “chief supplier of peace” -- despite a record that includes wars at home and abroad, with substantial civilian casualties, under President Vladimir Putin.
December 30, 2019
Podcast: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like 2024 (Is Approaching)
The coming new year is 2020, but Russian President Vladimir Putin clearly has an eye on 2024, when his current term is due to end. His recent remarks about potential changes in the country’s constitution suggest he may be close to settling on a plan. RFE/RL senior correspondent Merhat Sharipzhan joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
December 23, 2019
Podcast: Olympic Nightmares, Arctic Dreams
Russia heads into the New Year with a hard-to-shake sports-doping scandal threatening to keep it out of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. On an grander scale, the country faces a daunting challenge from climate change -- but is hoping to capitalize as much as it can. RFE/RL senior correspondent Michael Scollon joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
December 20, 2019
The Week In Russia: Back In The U.S.S.R. And Putin's Peculiar Way With Words
In a way, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have a way with words: a way of making them sound like they mean something they don't. Or of leaving the meaning unclear, seemingly deliberately. These tactics were on display at his annual press conference, along with a tendency to turn back to a time -- the Soviet era -- that for millions of Russians is only a faint memory.
December 16, 2019
Podcast: Putin's Press Conference And Another Meeting With Lukashenka
On consecutive days this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference and his second meeting this month with Alyaksandr Lukashenka of Belarus. Will any big news come out of either? Current Time's executive editor, Kiryl Sukhotski, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss what to expect -- and what not to.
December 13, 2019
The Week In Russia: Putin's Bloodshed Bugbear And Srebrenica In The Donbas
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that handing Ukraine control over its border in the Donbas without passing an amnesty law would unleash a new Srebrenica, evoking the worst mass slaughter on European soil since World War II. As with the Kremlin's suggestion half a decade ago that Russia had to seize Crimea to avoid a wave of ethnic bloodshed, he provided no evidence that anything close to the 1995 atrocity in Bosnia would take place.
December 09, 2019
Podcast: Momentous Days For Russia, Ukraine, And Belarus
Will Russia bolster its influence with western neighbors Ukraine and Belarus? RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's talks this past weekend with Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his "Normandy Format" meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine.
December 06, 2019
The Week In Russia: Famous Last Words
The Putin era has been marked by events such as terror attacks, deadly disasters, and politically charged court cases. Yegor Zhukov, a student who was convicted of public calls for extremism in a closely watched trial, delivered a stinging verdict against the state in his closing remarks in court.
December 02, 2019
Podcast: The Normandy Summit. Will There Be A Breakthrough To End The War In Ukraine?
The heads of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany are meeting in Paris for the first time in three years amid new hopes that a final resolution to the fighting that has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014 might be in sight. How likely is a breakthrough? RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Mark Krutov joins host Mike Eckel with context -- and predictions -- for the Normandy summit.
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.