Vladimir Putin

Book Interview
12:20 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Vladimir Putin: Madman Or A Mastermind?

Masha Gessen's book "The Man Without a Face."

Steve Scher talks with Masha Gessen, author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, about the Russian president's erratic behavior during the Ukrainian conflict.

Ukraine
4:17 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his news conference Tuesday.
Alexei Nikolsky AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:50 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's David Greene speaks with 'New York Times' Moscow correspondent Steven Lee Myers

(We updated this post at 11:55 a.m. ET.)

Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground.

Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."

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Russian Political Trials
1:29 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

For Mother Of Russian Billionaire, It's A Lonely Train Ride To Arctic Prison To Visit Her Son

Russian Plains
Credit Flickr Photo/giocomai

In the last 12 months there has been a series of political trials in Russia. First there was the punk rock group Pussy Riot. Then, 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.

When This Whole Thing Started

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.

Today on KUOW Presents, we join her on that long, cold train ride.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents,  June 20:

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Foreign Adoption
6:03 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions

Police in Moscow detain a demonstrator who protests Russia's new ban on American adoptions.
Associated Press

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.

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