Vladimir Putin http://kuow.org en Vladimir Putin: Madman Or A Mastermind? http://kuow.org/post/vladimir-putin-madman-or-mastermind <p>Steve Scher talks with Masha Gessen, author of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Without-Face-Unlikely/dp/1594486514">The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin</a></em>, about the Russian president's erratic behavior during the Ukrainian conflict. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:20:16 +0000 Steve Scher & Posey Gruener 29935 at http://kuow.org Vladimir Putin: Madman Or A Mastermind? Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea http://kuow.org/post/putin-says-those-arent-russian-forces-crimea <strong><em>(We updated this post at 11:55 a.m. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29802 at http://kuow.org Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea For Mother Of Russian Billionaire, It's A Lonely Train Ride To Arctic Prison To Visit Her Son http://kuow.org/post/mother-russian-billionaire-its-lonely-train-ride-arctic-prison-visit <p>In the last 12 months there has been a series of political trials in Russia. First there was the punk rock group Pussy Riot.&nbsp;Then,&nbsp;demonstrators from the anti-Putin protest movement faced the court followed by the rising star of the opposition, Alexei Navalny. Some say Putin is using the justice system to shut down their political rivals and that this kind of injustice is accelerating.</p><p><strong>When This Whole Thing Started</strong></p><p>It began ten years ago with the arrest of the oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He has been in prison ever since. First, he was in Siberia. Now, he's at the edge of the Arctic. His mother travels vast distances to visit him.</p><p>Today on <em>KUOW Presents</em>, we join her on that long, cold train ride.</p><p><strong>Full list of stories from<em> KUOW Presents</em>,&nbsp; June 20:</strong> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:29:08 +0000 Joshua McNichols 15325 at http://kuow.org For Mother Of Russian Billionaire, It's A Lonely Train Ride To Arctic Prison To Visit Her Son Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions http://kuow.org/post/iron-curtain-falls-around-russian-adoptions <p>A Washington family is scheduled to return home Saturday with days to spare before a new Russian law bans American families from adopting Russian children.</p><p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:03:32 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 5821 at http://kuow.org Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions