Resurgent Russia, Friend or Foe?

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The US may not want to resume the Cold War, but Vladimir Putin's Russia shows signs of returning to Soviet-style authoritarianism. The Kremlin is taking over powerful industries and the media. Political critics, business rivals and reporters have been murdered in mysterious circumstances. In Munich this weekend, Putin used an international forum to berate the US for destabilizing the world by ignoring international law. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Bush Administration are playing it down, but what does Putin's aggressiveness mean--at home and abroad?  We get perspective from journalists and Russia experts, including the attorney for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos Oil, who is serving time in a Siberian prison for fraud and tax evasion.




Warren Olney