Steve Gutterman is the editor of the Russia/Ukraine/Belarus Desk in RFE/RL's Central Newsroom in Prague and the author of The Week In Russia newsletter. He lived and worked in Russia and the former Soviet Union for nearly 20 years between 1989 and 2014, including postings in Moscow with the AP and Reuters. He has also reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as other parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
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March 24, 2023
The Week In Russia: A Warrant For Putin's Arrest
President Vladimir Putin is now a wanted man, the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court on suspicion of war crimes over the illegal transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia. How will it affect Putin's fate and the course of Russia's war against Ukraine?
March 10, 2023
The Week In Russia: Indelible Images Of War
Russia launches a new wave of strikes on Ukraine as the battle for Bakhmut continues. A video purports to show the defiant last moments of a captive Ukrainian soldier’s life. Opponents of the war are jailed, and protesters in Georgia fight “foreign agent” legislation they say mirrors Russian law.
March 03, 2023
The Week In Russia: Boris Nemtsov And An 'Unjust War Of Aggression'
Nine years ago, Boris Nemtsov spoke out against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Then he was killed -- and now, a year after Moscow launched its large-scale invasion, some of his closest allies are being jailed for their criticism of what one called a "criminal, unprovoked, and aggressive war."
February 24, 2023
The Week In Russia: 'Lies, Darkness, And Isolation'
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second year, U.S. President Joe Biden visits Kyiv and promises that Western backing will not flag. Russian President Vladmir Putin turned to his go-to topic -- his country’s nuclear weapons -- in a bid undermine that support.
February 20, 2023
What To Watch For In Putin's Address To The Nation
Russian President Vladimir Putin is known for repeating familiar and often false narratives, so he may not say anything very meaningful in his address to the nation on February 21, even as he pushes ahead with the invasion of Ukraine. Just in case, though, here are some things to watch for.
February 17, 2023
The Week In Russia: 'Into The Abyss'
President Vladimir Putin prepares a speech as the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine nears the one-year mark. And a critic of the war is sentenced to six years in prison over a social media post about a Russian attack that killed hundreds of civilians seeking shelter at a theater in Mariupol.
February 10, 2023
The Week In Russia: A Long War
The investigation onto the downing of Flight MH17 in 2014 finds "strong indications" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved -- but ends without reaching "the high bar of complete and conclusive evidence." More than eight years later, the war rages in the Donbas and beyond.
February 08, 2023
For Ukraine and The West, The 'Test For The Ages' Is Far From Over
In his State of the Union speech, U.S. President Joe Biden called Russia's assault on Ukraine a "test for the ages" and suggested that the West had passed, for now. But with no end in sight and Biden pledging support for "as long as it takes," the test will continue -- and could get tougher.
February 03, 2023
The Week In Russia: Stalingrad And A 'Stupid, Criminal War'
Seeking to subjugate Ukraine through brute force, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to the historic Battle of Stalingrad in a bid to justify a war that has killed tens of thousands of people, engendered countless accusations of atrocities by Moscow's forces, and clouded his country's future.
January 27, 2023
The Week In Russia: 'A Great Sin'
Amid relentless attacks on Ukraine, which received pledges of U.S. and German battle tanks, the Russian state ramped up its campaign against civil society at home yet again, with a court ordering the closure of a revered rights group and authorities tightening the vise on the Sakharov Center.
January 13, 2023
The Week In Russia: A Lethal New Year
With tens of thousands of soldiers killed or wounded and internal tensions rising following a year of battlefield struggles and setbacks, President Vladimir Putin reshuffles the military command for Russia’s war on Ukraine. At home, his imprisoned opponents remain defiant as the oppression persists.
December 23, 2022
The Week In Russia: 'Murderers' In Mariupol, Putin In Minsk, Zelenskiy In Washington
Zelenskiy goes to Washington, Putin goes to Minsk, and Russia's war on Ukraine goes on with no end in sight 10 months after the invasion. As Moscow erases potential evidence of war crimes in Mariupol, images of the now-destroyed city lit up for the holidays a year ago evoke a world now gone forever.
December 09, 2022
The Week In Russia: A 'Monstrous' War, A 'Vindictive Will To Spread Terror'
Joy over the release of a U.S. basketball star freed from Russian custody in a swap with the “Merchant of Death” is clouded by concern for Americans still held. A Putin foe is sentenced to prison for criticizing the “monstrous war” in Ukraine, where Russian attacks on vital infrastructure persist.
December 02, 2022
The Week In Russia: Untimely Death In Ukraine
As the cold bears down and Russia’s onslaught against Ukraine persists, President Vladimir Putin tries to justify the untimely deaths of Russian soldiers -- but has no words for the Ukrainians his war has killed. A prominent opposition politician goes on trial, and Americans remain behind bars.
November 18, 2022
The Week In Russia: The Sledgehammer War
A deadly missile blast in Poland raises fears of escalation – but also shines a spotlight on the barriers to a broader war. Guilty verdicts in the MH17 trial are grim reminders that Russia’s war on Ukraine began long ago. And a gruesome video serves as a disturbing sign of where Russia is today.
November 04, 2022
The Week In Russia: Crimes Of The Past And The Present
Russia backs down on grain-deal standoff. Putin delivers remarks meant to “recruit,” “confuse,” and create “room for maneuver” amid setbacks in the war on Ukraine. Muted gatherings honoring the victims of Stalin and the Soviet state are an unsurprising sign of the times.
October 07, 2022
The Week In Russia: Putin's 'Disastrous Gamble'
Russia moved to seize four more regions of Ukraine, but battlefield setbacks pose a major challenge to the land grab and have led to an unpopular mobilization drive, prompting many young men and others to flee abroad. As President Vladimir Putin turns 70, are he and the country at a turning point?