The Celebrity Candidate in Russia’s Election Is Struggling to Be Taken Seriously

The Celebrity Candidate in Russia’s Election Is Struggling to Be Taken Seriously
Opposition leaders Sergey Parkhomenko, Alexey Navalny, Ilya Yashin and Ksenia Sobchak take part in a televised debate, Moscow, Oct. 22, 2012 (AP photo by Sergey Ponomarev).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, managing editor, Frederick Deknatel, and associate editor, Omar H. Rahman, discuss the week’s big news, including the firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the escalating tensions between London and Moscow after a former Russian spy was poisoned with a lethal nerve agent in the United Kingdom. For the Report, Natalie Rouland talks with Peter Dörrie about Ksenia Sobchak, the celebrity-turned-politician challenging Vladimir Putin in Russia’s presidential election. Is Sobchak an opportunistic stalking horse for the Kremlin, or a rising force for Russia’s beleaguered opposition? If you like […]

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