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All Eyes on Putin as Investigators Demand Access to Downed Jet

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama called on the Russian leader to compel Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine to open the crash site to investigators. Will Putin step in to defuse the crisis?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International Politics: Russia, Gaza, and Iran

Monday, July 21, 2014

David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), talks about developments in Russia and Ukraine, violence in Gaza, and nuclear talks on Iran. Plus Max Seddon, Buzzfeed foreign affairs reporter based in Russia, joins from Ukraine with the latest on the downed airliner and the geopolitical implications.

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The Takeaway

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Who's Responsible?

Friday, July 18, 2014

The plane with nearly 300 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine — but who fired the missile? And was it a mistake, as everyone has assumed?

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WNYC News

Black Boxes From Downed Malaysian Airliner Found

Friday, July 18, 2014

Emergency workers searched through wreckage and bodies scattered across sunflower fields and Ukrainian villages Friday after a Malaysian jetliner flying high above the country's battlefield was shot down, killing 298 people.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Ramps Up Sanctions Against Russia

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Wednesday, the U.S. responded to President Putin's failure to diffuse the violence in Ukraine. President Obama implemented what may be the most crippling round of sanctions against Russia to date, targeting a series of large banks, and energy and defense firms.

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The Takeaway

Soviet Spy Secrets Revealed

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In 1992, KGB officer Vasili Mitrokhin released thousands of original documents to England in one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a veritable who's who of Soviet spying — and they have now been made public after being held in secret for two decades.

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On The Media

TLDR #30 - The Russian Troll Army

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

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On The Media

#30 - The Russian Troll Army

Thursday, June 26, 2014

To help sway public opinion, a company called the Internet Research Agency pays people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Don't Get Between Vladimir Putin and the Arctic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's another area Putin wants Russia to dominate. 30 Greenpeace activists who disagreed were jailed and charged with piracy. Masha Gessen says their experience was an education in the brutality and corruption of Russia’s prison system.

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The Takeaway

The Battle for Ukraine Rages on Under the 'Chocolate King'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bloody clashes erupted just moments after the election of new president Petro Poroshenko. The billionaire confectioner now must manage Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian separatists in the East.

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The Takeaway

What Putin Can Learn from 'War and Peace'

Friday, May 23, 2014

The author of “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Trouble Times” explains why now more than ever, Vladimir Putin should be reading Russia’s most famous literary masterpiece.

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The Takeaway

Russia, China and Europe's Energy Equation

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In the months since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has found herself between a rock and a hard place. And now the Russia-China gas deal could affect Europe's energy equation.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Relations between Russia and China

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Relations between Russia and China

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The Takeaway

Bypassing West, Russia & China Strike Energy Deal

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The $400 billion deal comes as Russia is looking for an alternate energy market, with the threat of more sanctions from Europe looming.

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The Takeaway

Putin is Mentally Ill: Ukrainian Ambassador on Russia's Sick Leader

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev is confident in his country's ability to hold free and fair elections. But when it comes to dealing with Moscow, the ambassador is not so confident, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "mentally ill."

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The Takeaway

Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory in Ukraine

Monday, May 12, 2014

A vote on self rule in eastern Ukraine is threatening to throw the fragile government in Kiev off balance. What does the referendum mean within a historical context, and what impact will it have on the nation's uncertain future?

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The Takeaway

Draft Draws Young Ukrainian Home to Fight

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The question of whether or not he would fight for his country, even die for his country, has real weight for 24-year-old Ukrainian Yuriy Didula, now that Ukraine has reinstated the draft.

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The Takeaway

The Booming Business of Helping the Blacklisted

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

British lawyer Maya Lester has been getting calls from Russians that have been sanctioned over the Ukraine crises. She's made a successful career helping Iranian, Syrians and others get off blacklists for two decades.

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The Takeaway

Violence Grips Ukraine's Third Largest City

Monday, May 05, 2014

Odessa was besieged with violence over the weekend as demonstrators clashed in the streets. About 46 people have died in the bloodshed—most as a result of a fire that broke out in a building downtown.

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The Takeaway

Hope Fades in Ukraine as Conflict Intensifies

Friday, May 02, 2014

According to the Kremlin, all hope may be lost for an internationally negotiated deal in Ukraine. With national elections in just a few weeks, will Ukraine really be prepared to hold a free and fair vote?

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