10. Preying on Hopes and Fears

April 12, 2022

In 2021 Vladimir Putin retreats to his bunker as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads through Russia. How did this isolation affect his thinking, and what role could it have played in his decision to invade Ukraine? To understand how Putin views history and his place in it, Jonny Dymond is joined by: Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs, The New School; former BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford; and Alexander Vindman, former director of European Affairs at the US National Security Council. Production coordinators: Sophie Hill and Siobhan Reed Sound engineer: Rod Farquhar Producers: Sandra Kanthal, Caroline Bayley, Joe Kent Series Editor: Emma Rippon Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

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