Produced by Ricardo Marquina Montañana
February 21, 2019
Foreign Investors Call Calvey Detention Decisive Moment for Russia's Economic Future
Russia's foreign business community suffered a deep "shock" after authorities indicted well-known American investor Michael Calvey, who stands accused of fraud after a legal battle with "Orient Express Bank." His arrest and indictment Thursday have plunged the Russian business community into insecurity, which could accelerate the departure of business and foreign capital from Russia. VOA's Jim Randle narrates a report by Ricardo Marquina Montanana and Pete Cobus in Moscow.
February 14, 2019
Russia, Turkey, Iran Discuss Syria's Postwar Future
The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey meet Thursday in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi to talk about the way forward in Syria as the conflict comes to an end. All three nations have adversarial relations with the United States and have welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria. But as Ricardo Marquina in Moscow tells us in this report narrated by Jim Randle, there are big questions about what will happen after a U.S. pullout.
February 05, 2019
Politics, Not Ideology, Drive Russian Interests in Venezuela
Russia’s government says it will do “everything required” to support Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s legitimate ruler, while accusing the United States of backing an attempted coup by recognizing Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president. The Kremlin seeks to protect its geopolitical interests in Latin America. Ricardo Marquina reports. His report is narrated by Igor Tsikhanenka.
January 25, 2019
Maria Butina: Naïve Idealist or Dangerous Conspirator?
U.S. authorities expect to soon hand down a sentence in the case of Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian woman now held in a U.S. jail who has pleaded guilty of conspiring to influence American politics, accused of conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. VOA's Ricardo Marquina-Montanana traveled to the Siberian city of Barnaul to speak with Butina's family about a case being watched around the world. Igor Tsikhanenka narrates.
January 29, 2018
Navalny St. Petersburg Demonstration
The Kremlin has downplayed Sunday's demonstrations called by opposition politician Alexey Navalny to protest the ban against him taking part in upcoming elections. A Kremlin spokesman said the demonstrations were thinly attended in some places, adding that it is unlikely anyone could defeat Russian leader Vladimir Putin because he is so popular. Thousands of people turned out Sunday in cities throughout Russia, including St Petersburg where Ricardo Marquina Montañana sent this report.