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The timing of an alleged plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has raised eyebrows. State television blames Chechen rebels. Many Russians, however, have called the plot a fabrication to garner sympathy for Putin ahead of this weekend’s elections. Stephen Cohen, author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, gives his take on the next Putin era and U.S. policy towards Russia. And WBEZ’s Odette Yousef has just returned from a U.S.-Pakistani journalism exchange program organized by the International Center for Journalists.  She discusses the state of Pakistani media.

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