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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Russian Aggression, Oscar Controversy, and What it Means to Kill

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Takeaway explores the situation in Ukraine, we look at the new foreign film "Timbuktu," and we explore PTSD in U.S. combat veterans.

The Takeaway

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: The Man to Take on Putin?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been praised as a activist for democracy and a force for good who suffered at the hands of Putin. But it's not clear if he can save Russians from reality.

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The Takeaway

Online Activists Inspire Hope In Russia

Monday, January 05, 2015

In an environment where the Russian middle class faces some pain from falling oil prices and western sanctions, can opposition to Putin's rule gain momentum?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Remains of the Ruble (And Putin's Power)

Friday, December 19, 2014

The effects of the combination of the ruble crash and sanctions in Russia and how Putin's power will fare the storm.

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Money Talking

Back to the Future – Cold War Style

Friday, December 19, 2014

If you miss nuclear standoffs and assassination plots, this was your week. A cast of Cold War foes dominated the news cycle. And now the U.S. needs to figure out what's at stake. 

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The Takeaway

For The Netherlands, a Complicated Year of Grief

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the wake of the MH17 crash that carried mostly Dutch passengers, the Netherlands considers its relationship with Russia in the year ahead.

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The Takeaway

As Ruble Plummets, Russian Media Calls For Calm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Russian ruble plunged 20 percent on Tuesday, but state television insisted the falling currency is a good thing for the economy.

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The Takeaway

Russia Fails to Stop Ruble Crash

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russia has raised its interest rate to a shocking 17 percent to try and stop the free fall of its currency, the ruble, which has hit an new low, experiencing its worst drop in 16 years.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Can Russia's economy weather the storm?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Can Russia's economy weather the storm?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

In a Modern World, Vladimir Putin Keeps Power Concentrated Using Medieval Methods

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vladimir Putin runs a neo-feudal world where iPads, WTO membership, and Brioni business suits conceal a power structure straight out of the Middle Ages. 

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The Takeaway

Putin Uses Ukraine, Iran to Antagonize the West

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Ukraine to Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t afraid of antagonizing the West—even if it does come with some economic pain.

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The Takeaway

Ukrainian Voters Send Pro-European Message

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Now that more than half the votes have been counted in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, it appears that voters have sent a clear message about the country's future.  

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The Takeaway

Divisions Remain as Ukrainian Election Nears

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ukraine is set to hold its first elections since the ouster of former president Viktor Yanukovych. Separatist in eastern Ukraine say they will hold their own elections in November. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Putin's Rise to Power and Who Has Profited From His Rule

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Russian scholar Karen Dawisha discusses evidence that those in Putin's circle and argues that they have used their public positions for personal gain.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life Lessons: In Economics, Freedom, and History

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What we've learned from the financial crisis. Volker Schlondorff on “Diplomacy.” How Putin's inner circle has become very rich. Girls raised as boys in Afghanistan.

FT Big Read

Russia: the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Russia: the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov

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New Sounds

With Yungchen Lhamo & Anton Batagov

Thursday, September 25, 2014

For this New Sounds, Tibetan devotional singer Yungchen Lhamo and Russian pianist/composer Anton Batagov discuss their recent musical collaboration - "Tayatha."

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PRI's The World

Pussy Riot wastes no time in getting back to activism

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After 18 months in prison, Pussy Riot members Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova promptly renewed their campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now they've added prison reform and human rights to their agenda, and they're taking their fight on the road.

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PRI's The World

Kiev reaches out to eastern Ukraine, but rebels there are skeptical of the offer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The parliament in Kiev has approved an autonomy deal for Ukraine's pro-Russian east, accompanied by a limited amnesty for rebels there. But in Donetsk, shelling continues despite a ceasefire. And rebels say Kiev is just too late in making concessions.

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The Takeaway

Ukraine Holds on to Shaky Cease-Fire

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A shaky ceasefire is holding in Ukraine, despite witnesses reporting renewed fighting in the city of Mariupol. Will this calm tensions enough to get a political solution?  

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