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Masha Gessen on Russia, Putin, and Pussy Riot


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Masha Gessen (L) and other Russian gay rights activists protest outside the lower house of Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in Moscow, on June 11, 2013.
KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Masha Gessen (L) and other Russian gay rights activists protest outside the lower house of Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in Moscow, on June 11, 2013.

In a recent article on the Ukraine crisis, journalist Masha Gessen calls Russia President Vladimir Putin a "playground bully" and says that his use of intimidation is nothing new. The author of a 2012 critical biography of Putin, Gessen's new book "Words Will Break Cement," takes a closer look at Pussy Riot, the female punk rock group whom Putin imprisoned in 2012. She talks to us about Russian politics, protest movements, and LGBT rights overseas.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Masha Gessen, journalist and author of "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot" and "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin"

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