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.
The Crackdown Continues - July 19, 2021
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.
The COVID Surge And The Elections - July 12, 2021
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.
The Show Must Go On - June 28, 2021
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.
Coronavirus Concerns - June 21, 2021
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.
A Meeting In Geneva - June 14, 2021
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.
Extreme Conditions - June 07, 2021
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.
Interesting but lots of mumbling
The host mumbles a lot, I keep turning up the volume to hear what he’s saying then the guest speaks at a normal volume, so it’s loud. Otherwise, very informative for the parts that are audible
Short but informative...
I kind of miss The Power Vertical, but Steve Gutterman is headed in the right direction with this concise offering from RFERL.
The moderator sounds like he’s been smoking something. He goes through the motions of the discussion but adds little or less.