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.
High Tension, Murky Intentions - April 12, 2021
Kremlin opponent Aleksei Navalny is on a hunger strike in prison, his condition said to be worsening. Tensions rise as the motives behind Russia's military moves in Crimea and close to the Ukrainian border near the Donbas remain murky. Plus, will the Hermitage have to put all its artworks depicting nudes in an adults-only area? Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL's Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
Pain In Prison And The Plight Of A Forest Ranger - March 29, 2021
Imprisoned Kremlin foe Aleksei Navalny says he is being tortured with sleep deprivation and accuses his jailers of a deliberate effort to undermine his health. Also, the plight of an award-winning forest ranger whose penchant for catching suspected poachers may have made him some powerful enemies. RFER/RL Senior Correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
Oil Thieves And Law Enforcement: Partners In Crime - March 22, 2021
The Russian police, FSB, and other law enforcement agencies are inextricably entwined in the massive theft of oil from pipelines and at other stages of transport within the country, an RFE/RL investigation has found. Enterprise Editor Carl Schreck joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss the revealing report by Russian Service correspondent Sergei Khazov-Cassia.
The Moscow Arrests And Navalny's Long Road To Prison - March 15, 2021
Aleksei Navalny's whereabouts are unknown -- again -- as the state appears to use the Kremlin foe's long journey to prison to make a point. Meanwhile, back in Moscow, police raid a forum of independent lawmakers and arrest everyone in the room. RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.
Restrictive Measures - March 08, 2021
Aleksei Navalny was moved out of a Moscow jail almost two weeks ago -- and still may not have arrived at the prison where is to serve his sentence in a case he calls absurd. RFE/RL Moscow correspondent Matthew Luxmoore discusses the situation surrounding the opposition politician, as well as the Kremlin’s efforts to rein in the Internet, with host Steve Gutterman.
Iron Bars And 'Iron Feliks' - March 01, 2021
Aleksei Navalny has been sent to prison -- apparently to a facility in the Vladimir region that former inmates describe in chilling terms. Back in Moscow, a vote on whether to return Soviet secret-police founder Feliks Dzerzhinsky's statue to Lubyanka Square or put up a monument to medieval prince Aleksandr Nevsky was abruptly canceled. Irina Lagunina, director of special projects at RFE/RL's Russian Service, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.