WBEZ | Russia http://www.wbez.org/tags/russia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Diplomacy in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110045 <p><p>In the last 24 hours, a deal&#39;s been reached to quell violence in Ukraine. But it&#39;s unclear whether pro-Russian militants will adhere to it. &nbsp; The New Republic&#39;s Julia Ioffe tells us what the Geneva agreement means for Ukraine.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Diplomacy in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110045 Diplomacy in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110046 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoManu Brabo).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the last 24 hours, a deal&#39;s been reached to quell violence in Ukraine. But it&#39;s unclear whether pro-Russian militants will adhere to it. &nbsp; The New Republic&#39;s Julia Ioffe tells us what the Geneva agreement means for Ukraine.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Diplomacy in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110046 Crisis in Crimea and schools globally under violent attack http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-03-10/crisis-crimea-and-schools-globally-under-violent-attack-109828 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoAlexander Zemlianichenko).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Ambassador to Russia says the U.S. will not recognize an upcoming Crimean referendum to join Russia. We&#39;ll get an update from Jeffrey Mankoff, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Plus, a new report by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack says there were hundreds of violent attacks on teachers, students and school buildings in the last five years alone. Diya Nijhowne, the group&rsquo;s director, will detail some of the attacks.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-crisis-in-crimea/embed" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-crisis-in-crimea.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-crisis-in-crimea" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The Crisis in Crimea" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-03-10/crisis-crimea-and-schools-globally-under-violent-attack-109828 Local high schooler heads to Sochi Olympics http://www.wbez.org/news/local-high-schooler-heads-sochi-olympics-109606 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP193054064810.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ten Chicago area athletes will be competing in the Sochi Olympics next month and five of them are speed skaters.</p><p>The youngest of those speed skaters is 17-year-old Oak Park River Forest senior Emery Lehman.</p><p>On January 17, just a few days before he left for team training in Italy, students and staff packed the lobby of Oak Park River Forest High School for big send off.</p><p>&ldquo;We decided to go with red, white, and blue today,&rdquo; Hannah Silverman, one of Emery&rsquo;s close friends, said explaining the outfits she and her other friends were wearing. &ldquo;So, we&rsquo;re representing the flag, we&rsquo;ve got some flannel red, white, and blue.&rdquo;Emery will be Oak Park River Forest&rsquo;s 12th Olympian.</p><p>But speed skating is not a school-sponsored sport, so how exactly does a kid get into it?</p><p>Emery was nine years old, according to his parents, Dave and Marcia Lehman.&ldquo;She saw a flyer for speed skating and said, to Emery, why don&rsquo;t you give this a try, it might help with your hockey,&rdquo; said Dave Lehman.</p><p>&ldquo;And he didn&rsquo;t want to do it,&rdquo; Marcia Lehman said. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m like you can try something once. If you don&rsquo;t like it after that, I don&rsquo;t have a problem. But try it once.&rdquo;</p><p>At the time, Emery&rsquo;s was playing youth hockey at the Franklin Park Ice Arena.</p><p>&ldquo;I remember I was a little discouraged because I was wearing the skin suit and I only had hockey skates and everyone was kind of beating me,&rdquo; Emery Lehman said. &ldquo;Once I got speed skates, I remember, just, I&rsquo;m a very competitive kid, so being able to compete with all those kids was a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;They loaned him a pair of club skates and he put &lsquo;em on and he looked down at his skates and looked at me in the bleachers and just shrugged his shoulders and started to skate and he loved it,&rdquo; Marcia Lehman said.</p><p>&ldquo;When he was 12, he won the U.S. short track and the U.S. long track championship,&rdquo; Dave Lehman said, &ldquo;And so that was a nice sign, but probably the biggest was when he was 14 and he broke 7 minutes in the 5,000 meter. No other 14-year-old had ever done that in the world. And so that&rsquo;s when we knew he had a particular talent.&rdquo;</p><p>Emery Lehman trains six days a week, and drives to Milwaukee four of those days to skate at the Pettit National Ice Center. It&rsquo;s the closest Olympic-sized skating oval.When asked if they&rsquo;ve ever done the math on how many hours of training and miles of driving the Lehman family has logged, Marcia and Dave both laughed and said they &ldquo;don&rsquo;t want to do that math.&rdquo;</p><p>Marcia Lehman said Emery took summer school the last few years in order to have a shorter senior year schedule. He attends school in the mornings and drives to Milwaukee to train in the afternoons and evenings. John Stelzer, the athletic director at Oak Park River Forest, said what&rsquo;s more remarkable is that speed skating isn&rsquo;t even Emery Lehman&rsquo;s only sport. He played hockey up until this year and will play Lacrosse in the spring.</p><p>&ldquo;The most incredible thing for me is Emery is really a well-rounded, grounded man,&rdquo; Stelzer said. &ldquo;The fact that he wants to come back and play Lacrosse for his school after being in the Olympics says world&rsquo;s about him.&rdquo;</p><p>A lot of high school athletes do play more than one sport, but an Olympian? His close friends said he does a good job of balancing school, speedskating and a social life. But, they told WBEZ there&rsquo;s one sport he can&rsquo;t quite conquer: &ldquo;People can beat Olympians in ping pong,&rdquo; said Steve Samuels, another close friend. &ldquo;Every week, we beat him in ping pong.&nbsp; He literally has never beaten me.&rdquo;</p><p>Emery Lehman will compete in Sochi on February 8th and 18th in the men&rsquo;s 5,000 and 10,000 meter races.</p><p><em>Becky Vevea is a producer for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZeducation" target="_blank">@WBEZeducation</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/local-high-schooler-heads-sochi-olympics-109606 US-Russia relations, the international film festival circuit and Chicago performance art goes global http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-06/us-russia-relations-international-film-festival-circuit-and-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP837257443232.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Carnegie Endowment&rsquo;s Andrew Weiss analyzes the state of U.S-Russia relations. The international film festival season is off and running. We take a look at which festival matters most these days. Plus, this weekend&#39;s local events take us to Latin America and Europe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109182621&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-us-russia-relations-the-international-fi/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-us-russia-relations-the-international-fi.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-us-russia-relations-the-international-fi" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: US-Russia relations, the international film festival circuit and Chicago performance art goes global" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-06/us-russia-relations-international-film-festival-circuit-and-chicago Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP929621546873.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Computers and hard drives are destroyed at &#39;The Guardian.&#39; Declassified documents reveals CIA&#39;s role in the 1953 coup in Iran. A kiss between two Russian female athletes calls Russian anti-gay propaganda laws into question.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106378938&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran" target="_blank">View the story " Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay Gay advocacy group wants Chicago to suspend sister city program with Moscow http://www.wbez.org/news/gay-advocacy-group-wants-chicago-suspend-sister-city-program-moscow-108236 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Moscow Sister City_130731.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>LGBT advocacy group Equality Illinois wants Chicago to suspend its sister city program with the Russian capital of Moscow.</p><p>The <a href="http://chicagosistercities.com/sister-cities/moscow/">program</a> organizes local events, such as the Russia Day celebrations and the Russian-American Business Forum, to help strengthen cultural and commercial ties between the two cities.</p><p>Russia recently passed a law that bans people from holding gay pride rallies and informing minors about the LGBT community.</p><p>Equality Illinois also calls for Illinoisans to cancel business dealings with or travel plans to the eastern European country.</p><p>Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says some local businesses have already stopped selling Russian products.</p><p>&ldquo;We live in a city that is very conscious of treating everyone with equal dignity and respect, and by us partnering with Moscow, a city that&rsquo;s... the opposite of where Chicago stands, I think we&rsquo;re going to send a strong message by saying that enough is enough.&rdquo; Cherkasov said.</p><p>Chicago Sister Cities International says they must continue the program so LGBT Russians might still feel welcome here. A statement from the organization also noted that it&rsquo;s important to keep the lines of communication open.</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/jclee89">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/gay-advocacy-group-wants-chicago-suspend-sister-city-program-moscow-108236 Snowden in Russia, solidarity with Guantanamo and helping children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/snowden-russia-solidarity-guantanamo-and-helping-children-ghana-108100 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP398694333112.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with a lawyer representing Guantanamo detainees about his decision to participate in the ongoing hunger strike for a week. Writer Julia Ioffe joins Worldview to talk about how the Russians have handled the Edward Snowden case. Two local teachers take their passion for education to Ghana.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101620302&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-snowden-in-russia-solidarity-with-guanta.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-snowden-in-russia-solidarity-with-guanta" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Snowden in Russia, solidarity with Guantanamo and helping children in Ghana " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/snowden-russia-solidarity-guantanamo-and-helping-children-ghana-108100 Worldview: Gay rights in Russia and corruption in India http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-20/worldview-gay-rights-russia-and-corruption-india-107274 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP671471689517.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93106985&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-20/worldview-gay-rights-russia-and-corruption-india-107274 Cook County inmates compete with Russian inmates in online chess match http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cook-county-inmates-compete-russian-inmates-online-chess-match-107191 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chess_130515_sh.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Inside the Cook County Jail law library, 10 men were hunched over laptops playing online chess. A live video of their competitors, all Russian inmates, was projected on the wall.</p><p>Correctional Officer Patrice Faulkner roamed the room, encouraging players to take their time. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m nervous, because this is a big deal,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>The program is run by Mikhail Korenman, who met chess legend Anatoly Karpov last year. The two chess players, along with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, hatched the idea for this tournament, which, according to Dart, is the first of its kind.</p><p>It was a hard match. The U.S. team was entirely from Cook County, while Russia chose players from across the country&rsquo;s prison system.</p><p>Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he had no delusions the match would solve current diplomatic issues between the U.S. and Russia. But he thought chess was a good activity for the men because it encouraged thinking ahead five or six moves, because you must consider the future impact of every action.</p><p>Warren Jackson, one of today&rsquo;s players, said he had seen that change in himself, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m more proactive than reactive now. So I do think chess plays a heavy game when it comes down to you making decisions.&rdquo;</p><p>In the end, Russia won. But Dalvin Brown, Chicago&rsquo;s star player, won both his games. Karpov complimented his skills and the Russians said they will be sending him a chessboard.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/shannon_h">@shannon_h</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cook-county-inmates-compete-russian-inmates-online-chess-match-107191