Yekaterinburg Revolts. Pompeo Meets Putin. And Joshua Yaffa on a Village Doctor Turned Writer

— Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, has been rocked by protests, as thousands of residents continue to defend a riverside park from plans to build a church on its grounds. We speak with Matthew Luxmore, a Radio Free Europe reporter on the ground and with Yekaterina Schulmann, a political scientist about the larger forces at play.

— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Russia this week for direct talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin. We speak to Fyodor Lukyanov, a Kremlin-focused foreign policy analyst, about whether the visit represents the beginning of a new chapter.

— And finally, we have New Yorker correspondent Joshua Yaffa in the studio to discuss his recent profile of Maxim Osipov, a village doctor and writer whose work seems to capture the nuances and peculiarities of life in Russia.

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.

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