The Delusional Vladimir Putin
David J. Kramer
The Tortured Report
Good evening, podcast listeners. With apologies for the late night posting this week, we present you our latest episode.
First up, David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, talks to our host Richard Aldous about the various signs of serious troubles in Russia’s economy, and chews over the likelihood that Vladimir Putin might be displaced, either by a popular revolution or by a palace coup. The interview ends with a brief discussion of the fascinating interview David did with Estonia’s president, Toomas Ilves, and the unpredictability of Putin’s regime.
Next, our own Adam Garfinkle goes a bit deeper into the context behind his must-read essay from last week dealing with the Sentate’s CIA torture report, musing on how the media landscape almost ensures that complicated stories like these are both shorn of context and nuance for maximum emotional resonance, and then quickly forgotten when the next big story comes along.