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Podcast: The Week Ahead In Russia - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

The Week Ahead In Russia podcast dissects significant developments and upcoming events in Moscow and beyond. It's hosted each Monday by Steve Gutterman, author of RFE/RL's The Week In Russia newsletter, and features a rotating panel of guests.

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The Week Ahead In Russia podcast dissects significant developments and upcoming events in Moscow and beyond. It's hosted each Monday by Steve Gutterman, author of RFE/RL's The Week In Russia newsletter, and features a rotating panel of guests.

COVID, Climate, And Tension In The Donbas - November 01, 2021

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The coronavirus crisis rages on, Moscow is criticized over climate change despite a shift in tone, and tension builds in and around the Donbas amid new Russian military movements near the Ukrainian border. Russia expert, analyst, and author Mark Galeotti joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Nov 01 2021

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The COVID Crisis And Navalny’s Prize - October 25, 2021

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Moscow is going into its most restrictive lockdown in over a year this week as coronavirus cases and deaths rise across Russia. And imprisoned Kremlin opponent Aleksei Navalny has won the Sakharov Prose for Freedom of Thought. Moscow-based journalist Matthew Luxmoore joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Oct 25 2021

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Pandora, Peace Prize, And Parliament - October 11, 2021

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The State Duma convenes after elections that preserved the Kremlin-backed party’s dominance but were marred by a campaign of repression and claims of fraud. Meanwhile, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Pandora Papers shone an unflattering spotlight on President Vladimir Putin’s government. RFE/RL Enterprise Editor Carl Schreck joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

(PLEASE NOTE: There will be no podcast next week. The Week Ahead In Russia will return on October 25.)

Oct 11 2021

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Pandora, Politkovskaya, And The Search For Justice - October 04, 2021

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A massive leak of financial documents exposes the hidden wealth and dealings of several people close to President Vladimir Putin. And it’s been 15 years since Anna Politkovskaya, the groundbreaking journalist who exposed abuses of power and human rights, was shot dead. Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL’s Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Oct 04 2021

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The Elections And Beyond - September 27, 2021

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Two of the main results from the State Duma elections: The Kremlin-controlled United Russia party preserved its two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament, amid allegations and evidence of fraud, and the Communist Party made gains. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss the consequences.

Sep 27 2021

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What Price Victory? - September 20, 2021

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Despite its lack of popularity, the Kremlin-controlled United Russia party is on track to retain its constitutional majority in the State Duma after a three-day election marred by evidence of fraud. Is it really a win for President Vladimir Putin? Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL's Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Sep 20 2021

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The Duma Vote Approaches - September 13, 2021

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As a crackdown on independent voices continues and the Kremlin-controlled party's popularity wanes, ​Russians will vote this week in elections to the State Duma, the lower parliament house, and in local balloting across the country. RFE/RL's Moscow correspondent Matthew Luxmoore joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Sep 13 2021

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The Elections Approach - September 06, 2021

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Ahead of the September 17-19 election of the State Duma and regional balloting across Russia, there's evidence the Kremlin is doing its best to thwart Putin foe Aleksei Navalny's Smart Voting initiative and keep dissent at a minimum. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Sep 06 2021

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Mr. Zelenskiy Goes To Washington - August 30, 2021

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It’s been more than two years since Volodymyr Zelenskiy was elected Ukrainian president, but this is his first visit to the White House. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service correspondent Natalia Churikova joins host Mike Eckel to discuss what this means for the Zelenskiy presidency -- and what it means for the Kremlin, which is watching the visit closely.

Aug 30 2021

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An Afghan Specter Haunting Moscow? - August 23, 2021

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Beyond the gloating over the U.S. failure to build a stable, democratic Afghanistan over the past 20 years, how does Moscow perceive the situation in Kabul? Mark Krutov, a correspondent with RFE/RL's Russian Service, joins guest host Mike Eckel to discuss Moscow’s biggest concerns.

Aug 23 2021

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The August Coup And The Aftermath - August 16, 2021

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Thirty years ago, a botched putsch accelerated the forces pulling the U.S.S.R. apart, and within months the massive country was no more. Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL’s Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to talk about those dramatic days in August 1991 -- and what’s become of Russia since.

Aug 16 2021

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A Year Of Intensified Clampdowns In Russia And Belarus - August 09, 2021

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One year ago, a deeply disputed election threw Belarus into turmoil as unprecedented crowds protested Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s victory claim and he cracked down hard. The Russian state has helped prop up Lukashenka while intensifying its own repressions at home. RFE/RL senior correspondent Tony Wesolowsky joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Aug 09 2021

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Courts, Hospitals, And Other Instruments Of Pressure - August 02, 2021

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Lawyer Lyubov Sobol, who dropped plans to run for parliament due to pressure, faces a verdict over a protest against Aleksei Navalny's arrest in January. And across the country, a number of activists -- some of them would-be candidates in September elections -- have been subjected to forced medical treatment. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Aug 02 2021

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The Crackdown Continues - July 19, 2021

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A groundbreaking investigative reporting outfit and a prominent legal-defense group are among the latest victims of the Russian state’s sweeping campaign against opponents, civil society, and independent media. Meanwhile, court cases against allies of Aleksei Navalny and others continue. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Jul 19 2021

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The COVID Surge And The Elections - July 12, 2021

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With parliamentary elections just over two months away, the wave of coronavirus cases and deaths rolls on and the Russian state continues to struggle to vaccinate the populace.
Moscow correspondent Matthew Luxmoore joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Jul 12 2021

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The Show Must Go On - June 28, 2021

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Amid a persistent Kremlin crackdown on civil society and a surge of COVID-19 cases driven in part by failures on the vaccination front, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds what is likely to be an hours-long televised Q&A session on June 30. Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL’s Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Jun 28 2021

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Coronavirus Concerns - June 21, 2021

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It’s back – though it never really went away. COVID-19 cases and deaths from the disease have increased sharply in Russia, in particular Moscow, with the “Delta” variant taking its toll and millions of citizens ignoring calls from the authorities to get vaccinated. Now it's mandatory for many. Moscow Correspondent Matthew Luxmoore joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Jun 21 2021

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A Meeting In Geneva - June 14, 2021

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Expectations are low ahead of a high-profile summit between the U.S. and Russian leaders, who are to meet this week for the first time since President Joe Biden took office in January. RFE/RL senior correspondent Mike Eckel joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss the June 16 summit in Geneva.

Jun 14 2021

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Extreme Conditions - June 07, 2021

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A Moscow court may label three organizations linked to imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny extremist groups this week, part of what Kremlin critics say is an ongoing effort to sideline his supporters and silence dissent. Is the crackdown only connected to the upcoming State Duma elections? Or does it go deeper? Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL’s Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

Jun 07 2021

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An Exodus From Prague - May 31, 2021

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More than 50 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague reportedly flew back to Moscow over the weekend after the Czech Republic ordered their expulsion last month. How will the exodus affect Russia's espionage efforts in the heart of Europe? RFE/RL senior correspondent Tony Wesolowsky joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

May 31 2021

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Weak sauce

By JuanitoValdezsky - Jun 01 2020
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The moderator sounds like he’s been smoking something. He goes through the motions of the discussion but adds little or less.

Short but informative...

By Roland3337 - Jul 30 2019
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I kind of miss The Power Vertical, but Steve Gutterman is headed in the right direction with this concise offering from RFERL.