Power and Amnesty in Putin's Russia

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Today brought the release of the two remaining members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot from Russian prison. President Vladimir Putin pardoned them as part of a mass amnesty of thousands of political activists, including Greenpeace protesters the Arctic 30 and oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. It all comes just six weeks before the start of the Sochi Olympics. Are the pardons a move to counter international criticism of Russia's record on human rights, or is Putin responding to larger forces? As Russia celebrates the 20th anniversary of its constitution, we hear how the international community's uproar over LGBT rights is playing out in the Russian media and on the ground, and what the current sparring over the Olympics bodes for US-Russian relations. 

Credits

Guests:
Andrew S. Weiss - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - @andrewsweiss, Sergei Guriev - Paris Institute of Political Studies - @sguriev, Michael D. Weiss - Daily Beast / The Interpreter - @michaeldweiss, Alan Abrahamson - 3 Wire Sports / USC - @alanabrahamson

Host:
Barbara Bogaev

Producers:
Evan George, Jenny Hamel, Benjamin Gottlieb