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Putin's Russia: Punks, priests and provocation

For a musician, winning an endorsement from international stars like Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers is something of a dream come true. But instead of embracing global stardom, the all-girl Russian punk outfit Pussy Riot are facing jail. Laura Baines and her panel discuss the state of freedom of speech in Russia.

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  • Inga WATERLOT, Head of the Russia service, RFI;
  • Nina ZAKHARINA-BEREZNER, Member of "Russie Libertés",
  • George-Frederick JEWSBURY, Historian & Associate Researcher at CERCEC (Research Center for Russia, Center Europe and Caucas),
  • Dmitry BABICH, Political Analyst and Journalist, "Voice of Russia".

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    Programme prepared and produced by Wassim Nasr, Sara Bertilsson and Mary Colombel

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