Ex-Russian Minister's Shock Arrest. And Ukraine Heads to the Polls.

This week on From Russia With News, we discuss the dramatic arrest of former Russian minister Mikhail Abyzov who is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles ($62 million). We’ll speak with Nikolai Petrov, a political science professor at the Higher School of Economics about the broader implications of the arrest.

Voters across Ukraine will go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president. We'll talk to Economist correspondent Noah Sneider about the main candidates running, and who Russia is rooting for.

From Russia With News is hosted by Jonathan Brown and produced by Pjotr Sauer. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Stay tuned for a new episode every Thursday on our site or here. Also available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and other audio platforms.

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