From Russia With News

From Russia With News

This week’s news and analysis from Russia introduced by our staff and guests.

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    Yekaterinburg revolts. Pompeo meets Putin. And Joshua Yaffe on a village doctor turned writer

    — Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city has been rocked by protests, as thousands of residents continue to defend a riverside park from plans to build a church on its grounds. We speak with Matthew Luxmore, a Radio Free Europe reporter on the ground and with Yekaterina Schulmann, a political scientist about the larger forces at play.

    — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Russia this week for direct talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Putin. We speak to Fyodor Lukyanov, a Kremlin focused foreign policy analyst, about whether the visit represents the beginning of a new chapter.

    — And finally, we have New Yorker correspondent Joshua Yaffa in the studio to discuss his recent profile of Maxim Osipov, a village doctor and writer whose work seems to capture the nuances and peculiarities of life in Russia.

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    Russia’s endgame in Venezuela. And the Kremlin’s obsession with Victory Day

    This week on From Russia With News, Moscow Times columnist and political consultant Max Hess explains why the Kremlin is going all in on Nicolas Maduro, the embattled leader of Venezuela who recently fended off a coup attempt backed by the United States.

    And it’s Victory Day. We speak with Washington Post bureau chief Anton Troianovski about why the Kremlin is obsessed with celebrating the Soviet Union’s role in World War II.

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    Kim Jong Un rides armored train to Russia. And Mark Galeotti on Mueller, Ukraine and teaching in Russia

    Kim Jong Un arrived in Vladivostok on Wednesday for a three-day visit in an armored train. He was greeted with flowers, and bread and salt. We talk to Mikhail Korostikov, the Kommersant journalist who broke the news of the meeting about what the two leaders want from the summit.

    Regular Moscow Times columnist and author of two new books, “We need to talk about Putin” and “Vory: Russia’s super mafia,” Mark Galeotti is in town. We speak to him about life after the Mueller report, the recent elections in Ukraine, and what it’s like teaching transnational crime at Russia’s most elite university.

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    Why Stalin Is making a comeback. And Russia's fast-growing ‘Youth Army’

    A record 70 percent of Russians approve of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s role in Russian history, according to a recent poll. We speak to Denis Volkov from the Levada Center that conducted the poll about why the Soviet dictator is more popular than ever in Russia.

    In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the foundation of Yunarmia — or Youth Army — a “youth military-patriotic movement” backed by Russia’s Defense Ministry. But what exactly does the Kremlin want with nearly half a million children and teenagers steeped in military and patriotic sentiment? We speak with Moscow Times reporter Evan Gershkovich who recently met some of its members and its critics.

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    A director is freed. And Russia's role in Libya

    Kirill Serebrennikov, one of Russia’s most acclaimed artistic figures has been released from house arrest on Tuesday. This week on From Russia With News we speak to Oliver Carroll, the Moscow correspondent for the Independent about the controversial case and what to expect next.

    Libya is again on the brink of civil war. A Russian-linked warlord, who controls swaths of the oil-rich country has announced a campaign to take the country's capital, Tripoli. We speak with Max Suchkov, Editor at Al-Monitor about Russia's role in the Libyan conflict.

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    Protests in Ingushetia flare up, again. And the story of a Russian assassin who started talking

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the growing demonstrations in Russia's smallest republic Ingushetia, where locals have been up in arms over a land swap that is carving out even more of their territory. We speak with Liza Fokht, a journalist working for the BBC’s Russian service, who has been covering the fallout from Moscow and Ingushetia.

    What happens when an alleged Russian assassin, arrested in Ukraine after barely trying to conceal a murder, starts talking? We speak to Michael Swirtz of the New York Times whose story about Oleg Smorodinov offers a closer look at how Russia’s foes abroad end up dead.

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    Ex-Russian minister's shock arrest. And Ukraine heads to the polls.

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the dramatic arrest of former Russian minister Mikhail Abyzov who is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles ($62 million). We’ll speak with Nikolai Petrov, a political science professor at the Higher School of Economics about the implications of the arrest.

    Voters across Ukraine will go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president. We'll talk to Economist correspondent Noah Sneider about the main candidates running, and who Russia is rooting for.

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    The last Soviet leader steps down. And the story of an American teacher detained for 'drug smuggling'

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the shock resignation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev with Joanna Lillis, a journalist in Kazakhstan and author of the acclaimed book on the country: “Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.”

    We'll also talk to journalist Marc Bennetts about the trial of Gaylen Grandstaff, an American who has already spent two years in a Russian pre-detention cell on dubious drug smuggling charges.

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    Crimea five years later. And how Russia’s wealthy are taking advantage of the country’s legal system

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the five year anniversary of the hugely controversial referendum in Crimea with Elena Chernenko, the deputy foreign editor at the Kommersant newspaper.

    We'll also talk to Moscow Times correspondent Evan Gershkovich about his investigation that revealed how rich Russians dodge taxes and move court cases to a southern Russian region where their lawsuits are heard by friendly judges.

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    The Troika Laundromat explained. And how Russia is dealing with returning Islamic State brides

    This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the explosive Troika Laundromat investigation with Paul Radu, the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which revealed the scheme.

    We'll also talk to Guardian correspondent Andrew Roth on why the return of hundreds of women and children from Iraq and Syria has become a major problem for Russia

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