Putin's War in Ukraine: Russian Roulette with Leonid Ragozin

March 23rd, 2022 · 41 mins 36 secs

About this Episode

Journalist Leonid Ragozin joins us to talk about the irrationality of Putin's invasion of Ukraine and Zelensky's steadfast resistance which has led to the present stalemate situation that we now have. Ragozin states, "History will show whether Zelensky was right in this game of chicken to collide with Putin..." Ragozin calls Putin's gamble a suicidal move ("complete insanity"), not just for Putin's regime but for Russia itself. "I don't see how... they [can] win in the way they want to win." Boldly he says that no one has done more to harm Russia's interests since World War II than Putin himself who falsely calls himself the protector of Russophones in Ukraine -- "Putin is fighting his own people." See Ragozin's Al-Jazeera article here: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/2/24/is-putins-gamble-on-ukraine-rational

Leonid Ragozin was born in Moscow on October 28, 1972. From 1989 to 1994, he studied in the prestigious Moscow State University, majoring in geology and foreign languages. He worked as an English-to-Russian translator and a travel agent till 1998. From 1998 to 2006, he worked for BBC as a journalist in Moscow and London. Later, he was a reporter and later an editor with Russian Newsweek magazine till 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a producer for BBC’s English-language office in Moscow. After 2013, he worked with Lonely Planet. As a freelance journalist, he writes op-eds for many major outlets, including Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg, Guardian, Politico, The New Republic, Time, Washington Post, and other English-language media. Follow him on Twitter @leonidragozin.

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PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 12th, 2022 via Zoom.

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The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.

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