Members of the band, Pussy Riot, are on trial in Russia. Nina Khrushcheva, a professor in the International Affairs Program at the New School, senior fellow at World Policy Institute and author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics, and Masha Lipman, the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center, and contributor to The New Yorker's website about the trial, discuss what it says about the Putin regime, free speech in Russia, and the protest movement there.
As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton mangled Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's name during a debate a year and a half ago. Now, as Secretary of State, she is in Moscow speaking with Medvedev himself, looking for Russian action on Iran and nuclear disarmament after the United States dropped plans last month for a missile defense "shield" that had long irked Moscow.
Masha Lipman, a researcher and journalist with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Moscow, joins us to explain how Russians view Clinton's visit.