Latest update: 06/08/2010
Putin to the rescue
When Russia burns in the worst forest fires in more than a century, it’s Vladimir Putin to the rescue. So how do Russians feel about it all? What does this disaster say about the country and the relationship between the government and the people? And how is it playing it out among the powerbrokers at the top?
A debate with François Picard and guests:
Oleg KOBTZEFF, Historian and Geographer at the American University of Paris
George Frederick JEWSBURY, Historian and Associate researcher at the CERCEC (Centre d'études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen) and Eastern Europe Expert
John LAUGHLAND, Director of Studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation (By phone from Le Barroux, Vaucluse)
Programme prepared by Yi Song and Perrine Desplats