WBEZ | Russia http://www.wbez.org/tags/russia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview: War in Ukraine Could Escalate http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-01/worldview-war-ukraine-could-escalate-111976 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ukraine%20cms_0.JPG" title="Ukrainian tank at frontline near Mariupol in Feb 2015 (Photo by Askold Krushelnycky)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203476188&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Ukraine/Russia Hostilities Could Soon Escalate</span></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Journalist Askold Krushelnycky has covered Russia and Ukraine for decades - from accompanying mujahedin groups as they fought in the Soviet-Afghan war to watching Russian troops land in Crimea. Krushelnycky was recently embedded with Ukraine&rsquo;s 37th Mechanized Infantry Battalion fighting in the port city of Mariupol. He&rsquo;s in Chicago to talk about what he&rsquo;s witnessed in the current standoff between Ukraine and Russia. And Krushelnycky will tell us what he believes are the chances of more major military action in Ukraine in the coming months.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Guest:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Askold Krushelnycky is an independent journalist, formerly correspondent for the Sunday Times and editor of the Kyiv Post</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>EVENT: </em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><a href="http://uima-chicago.org/on-the-battlefields-of-ukraine-life-with-a-volunteer-battalion/">On the battlefields of Ukraine: life with a volunteer battalion Journalist - Askold Krushelnycky</a></em></div><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a28baadf-10fc-3ac8-10ce-d062c95abb90">Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Saturday, May 2nd at 6pm, </span></em><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a28baadf-10fc-3ac8-10ce-d062c95abb90">2320 W Chicago Ave.</span></em><em style="line-height: 1.2;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a28baadf-10fc-3ac8-10ce-d062c95abb90"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203476977&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></span></em></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Milos Stehlik Talks with Ivo Felt about the Estonian film &#39;Tangerines&#39;</span></span></p><p><em>Tangerines(Mandariinid)</em> is set in 1992, just as the Soviet Union was breaking apart and tensions flared between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. The film tells of two soldiers, from opposing sides. Film contributor Milos Stehlik and the film&#39;s producer, Ivo Felt, discuss the film.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Milos Stehlik, WBEZ film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia</em></p><p><em>Ivo Felt, producer of the film Tangerines (Mandariinid) </em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203478829&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Weekend Passport: Poesia en Abril and Chicago Asian-American Author Readings</span></span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. On this literary edition of weekend passport we&rsquo;ll tell you about a Spanish language poetry festival and a celebration of Asian American writers.</p><p><strong><span>Guests:</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1126-987e-77c5-3e0a97853fbf">Noah Cruikshank (Crook-shank) is the Marketing Manager at Open Books and the Board President of the Chicago Writers Conference</span></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1126-987e-77c5-3e0a97853fbf">Vu Tran (Voo Tran) is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago and author of the upcoming novel </span>Dragonfish.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1126-987e-77c5-3e0a97853fbf">Irizelma Robles Alvarez is a Puerto Rican poet, essayist and anthropologist. </span></em></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><em><span>EVENTS:</span></em></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1128-4c24-8c24-edb2b0f5092b">1) Vu Tran will participate in r</span>eadings with Chicago-based Asian American authors Nami Mun, and Alec Nevala-Lee.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1129-3412-0143-d9c60db76c05">Friday, May 1st, 6 pm, Open Books River North, 213 W. Institute Place, </span>Event co-organized by Open Books and the Chicago Writers Conference</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>2) Irizelma Robles Alvarez will perform as part of the Poetry Foundation&rsquo;s Poesia en Abril event.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Friday, May 1st at Comfort Station in Logan Square (there are also readings and events on Saturday)</em></p></p> Fri, 01 May 2015 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-01/worldview-war-ukraine-could-escalate-111976 Worldview: Opposition politics and censorship in Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-05/worldview-opposition-politics-and-censorship-russia-111661 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP13635763743_0.jpg" style="height: 446px; width: 620px;" title="Flowers and a portrait with the words Fight! are seen at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, with St. Basils Cathedral in the background in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194421393&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">The state of the media in Russia</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f4755c97-ebe3-bc13-a4bb-0a8370839ceb">Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, was found murdered near the Kremlin last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first public comments about the case on Wednesday. &nbsp;He called it a &ldquo;tragedy.&rdquo; &nbsp;In the meantime, &nbsp;Russia&rsquo;s Security Council has accused the U.S. of plotting to oust President Vladimir Putin by financing the opposition and encouraging mass demonstrations. &nbsp;This week the Russian Ministry of Culture also released its list of approved themes for films to receive government funding. &nbsp;In Russia, it&rsquo;s become increasingly difficult for films that take on a political point of view different from the government&rsquo;s to get funding. We&rsquo;ll take a look at the state of opposition politics and censorship in Russia with Max Trudolubov a fellow at the Wilson Center the opinion page editor of Vedomosti Daily, a top Russian business newspaper.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f4755c97-ebe3-f861-37ed-b39d0b2ad865"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/MaxTrudo">Max Trudolubov</a> is a fellow at the <a href="https://twitter.com/TheWilsonCenter">Wilson Center</a> and the opinion page editor of <a href="https://twitter.com/Vedomosti">Vedomosti Daily</a>, a Russian business newspaper.</em></span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194422443&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">World History Minute: The Katyn Forest massacre</span></p><p>John Schmidt, author of On This Day in Chicago History tells us about the Katyn Forest Massacre of WW II on March 5th, 1940 - when Joseph Stalin ordered the murder of thousands of Polish officers POWs who ended up in mass graves.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/JRSchmidtPhD">John P. Schmidt</a>&nbsp;is a historian and author of &nbsp;&quot;On This Day in Chicago History</em>.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194424092&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Global Activism: Theraputic art for children in Africa</span></p><p>Angela Lyonsmith is an artist and art therapist. She works for the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP), an initiative of Global Alliance for Africa, because she wants to give aid and comfort to children in Kenya and Tanzania who were left orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Angela&rsquo;s passion also led her to open &lsquo;Gather&rsquo;, a community art studio and playspace in Evanston. For Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll ask Angela about how her work has inspired family and friends to work for the benefit of people suffering around the globe.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f9c00b03-ebec-049b-336e-5600ff02267f"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Angela Lyonsmith is an</em></span><em> artist, art therapist, faculty member in the graduate art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, owner of &lsquo;<a href="https://twitter.com/MeetAtGather">Gather</a>,&#39; a community art studio and playspace in Evanston.</em></p></p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-05/worldview-opposition-politics-and-censorship-russia-111661 Conflict escalates in the Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-29/conflict-escalates-ukraine-111475 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP428413196430.jpg" style="height: 424px; width: 620px;" title="Ukrainian servicemen put their dogs under the jackets to keep them warm in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188525020&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">The latest on the crisis in Ukraine </span></p><p>The fighting in Eastern Ukraine heated up again this week. Now, EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia. NATO says hundreds of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles are in east Ukraine. We&rsquo;ll discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as a Russia and Ukraine expert in the Clinton White House.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/andrewsweiss">Andrew Weiss</a> is VP for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace</em>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188525356&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Dominican nun from Illinois visits Iraq</span></p><p>Dominican nun Marcelline Koch was recently in Iraq with a group of U.S. nuns to monitor and document the current humanitarian crisis, especially for the religious minorities like the Yazadis and Christians. Sister Marcelline is back to tell us about the conditions these people live in, which she describes as a &ldquo;mortal sin.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Marcelline Koch is a <a href="https://twitter.com/Dominican_Order">Dominican</a> nun.</em></p></p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-29/conflict-escalates-ukraine-111475 Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls http://www.wbez.org/news/worries-rise-russia-ruble-falls-111254 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/1217_russia-ruble-624x415.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Inflation is going up and purchasing power is falling sharply for Russians as the country&rsquo;s currency drops in value.</p><p>The Russian government has taken strong measures this week, sharply increasing interest rates to 17 percent, and selling off a chunk of its dollar reserves to shore up the falling ruble.</p><p>None of the moves have worked, and the ruble is trading at about half its value from the beginning of the year.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s Corey Flintoff tells Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s Robin Young that while there is no panic on the streets, and no runs on banks, for Russian who have the money, &ldquo;it makes more sense to go out and by what we used to call durable goods &mdash; refrigerators and TV sets. They idea is that you&rsquo;ll have more value out of your refrigerator because it won&rsquo;t lose value as fast as your rubles do.&rdquo;Inflation is going up and purchasing power is falling sharply for Russians as the country&rsquo;s currency drops in value.</p><p>The Russian government has taken strong measures this week, sharply increasing interest rates to 17 percent, and selling off a chunk of its dollar reserves to shore up the falling ruble.</p><p>None of the moves have worked, and the ruble is trading at about half its value from the beginning of the year.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s Corey Flintoff tells Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s Robin Young that while there is no panic on the streets, and no runs on banks, for Russian who have the money, &ldquo;it makes more sense to go out and by what we used to call durable goods &mdash; refrigerators and TV sets. They idea is that you&rsquo;ll have more value out of your refrigerator because it won&rsquo;t lose value as fast as your rubles do.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2100491/corey-flintoff" target="_blank">Corey Flintoff</a>&nbsp;is a&nbsp;NPR international correspondent based in Moscow. He tweets&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyFlintoff" target="_blank">@CoreyFlintoff</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/worries-rise-russia-ruble-falls-111254 Russia's economic dilemma http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-08/russias-economic-dilemma-111200 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP24510104665.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Russia&#39;s oil production strategy and Western sanctions have led to a decline in the value of the Russian ruble. Jan Kalicki, a public policy scholar for the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, joins us to explain the problems the Russian economy is facing.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-s-economic-dilemma/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-s-economic-dilemma.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-s-economic-dilemma" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russia's economic dilemma" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-08/russias-economic-dilemma-111200 Russian troops reportedly in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-13/russian-troops-reportedly-ukraine-111097 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP2079510166.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tension in Eastern Ukraine is escalating as NATO reports Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine. Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, gives us an update.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russian-troops-reportedly-in-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russian-troops-reportedly-in-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russian-troops-reportedly-in-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russian troops reportedly in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-13/russian-troops-reportedly-ukraine-111097 How Nigeria contained Ebola http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP63365074299.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 20 people were infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the country has not seen a new case in 42 days. The World Health Organization has declared the country free of Ebola virus transmission. WHO&#39;s Incident Manager for Ebola in Nigeria tells us how they contained the virus.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: How Nigeria contained Ebola" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-08/ceasefire-eastern-ukraine-110766 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP801550734731.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government reached a ceasefire last Friday, but shelling over the weekend in Donetsk could threaten the peace. We&#39;ll get an update from Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ceasefire-in-eastern-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ceasefire-in-eastern-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ceasefire-in-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-08/ceasefire-eastern-ukraine-110766 NATO considers military action to counter Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-02/nato-considers-military-action-counter-russia-110734 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP562786984527.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the weekend, EU and NATO leaders reportedly considered possible solutions to Russia&#39;s invasion into Ukraine, including the possibility of a NATO rapid-reaction force. John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago will explain the politics of the situation.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-nato-considers-military-reaction-to-russ" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: NATO considers military action to counter Russia" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-02/nato-considers-military-action-counter-russia-110734 Russian troops in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP560589181576.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NATO has accused Russia of illegally sending its troops into Ukraine. NATO says it has proof that Russian troops are fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. We&#39;ll discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine with Andrew Weiss. Weiss served as a Russia and Ukraine expert in the Clinton White House.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-russia-invades-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Russian troops in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-29/russian-troops-ukraine-110728