In The Moment ... October 25, 2017 Show 206 Hour 2

A new FRONTLINE investigation looks at how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy, and what he decided to do about it. Part one of Putin's Revenge airs tonight on FRONTLINE at 9 p.m. CT, 8 p.m. MT on SDPB-TV. Part Two is scheduled for November 1st. Mike Wiser has worked on more than 30 films for FRONTLINE. He joins us for the conversation.

Kent Osborne and The Computer Guys answer questions about those holiday gifts you just can't figure out. They also discuss Amazon Alexa, which was witness to a possible murder, and Russian hacking incidents which have led to U.S. sanctions.

University of South Dakota

75 years ago this summer, the Baltic States became a part of the Soviet Union following an invasion and rigged elections. In 1990 and 91, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regained their independence and subsequently became the only ex-Soviet states to join NATO and the European Union.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a referendum that could give more autonomy to the eastern regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare. That’s a reversal of his government’s earlier position. But the Russian-backed separatists dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless.

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The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is collapsing in a battle over a key transportation hub. The Ukranian government has withdrawn its forces after weeks of fighting against Russian-backed separatists to hold on to the strategic location of Debaltseve. The main rebel group fighting at Debaltseve insists the town was encircled before the cease-fire began Sunday, making it an internal part of the rebel-held region rather than part of the front lines where envoys agreed the fighting would stop. 

Dakota Midday: 'Putin's Way'

Jan 12, 2015

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the pro-Russia separatist battle in eastern Ukraine and a deepening economic crisis have observers wondering what Russian president Vladimir Putin will do next. A new Frontline report  goes behind the latest headlines and investigates Putin’s ascent from an unemployed KGB agent to a modern-day czar.

John Alsup

This weekend President Obama said the Russians were supplying heavy arms to separatists in Ukraine in violation of an agreement Russia signed with Ukraine a few weeks ago. The President said the Western campaign to isolate Moscow would continue. Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an economic meeting in Beijing last week and at the Group of 20 summit meeting this past weekend in Australia. The President’s words were among the toughest he has used about Russia’s actions during Ukraine’s crisis.

University of Minnesota Duluth

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. The killing set off a chain of events sparking World War I.In commentary published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas Hanson argues that the legacies and implications of 1914 are woven into the crises we face today - from the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia and all the way to rural Midwest farm country.

Ukraine Referendums

May 13, 2014
RT News

After two controversial self-rule referendums, separatists in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the birth of two new sovereign republics.  The pro-Russian organizers in Donetsk and the neighboring region of Luhansk said an overwhelming majority of those who cast their ballots voted for independence.  The U.S., E.U.

Space Exploration For U.S. Still Limited

May 8, 2014

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin took to Twitter Tuesday (4/29) to show his feelings about the United States' most recent sanctions. Rogozin tweeted: "After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the USA bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline." Rogozin's reaction is a dig at the most recent sanctions leveled by the U.S. in response to the Ukraine crisis.

US And Russia Tension Rising After Crimea Vote

Mar 17, 2014

Residents of Ukraine's Crimea region went to the polls Sunday (3/16) to vote in a disputed referendum on whether to join Russia or become an effectively independent state connected to Ukraine. The vote will likely influence future international relations in the region and beyond and put the United States and Russia on the kind of collision course not seen since the end of the Cold War. The referendum has been condemned as illegal by the United States and European countries.

The Sochi Region And History

Feb 6, 2014

David Burrow, Associate Professor of History at the University of South Dakota, visited about the Sochi region of Russia as they begin to host the Winter Olympic Games.  He talked about why Sochi was selected to host the Olympics, the history of the area, security concerns and problems inherent to the region.  Burrow specializes in Russian and Soviet history among other interests at USD.

Russia: A Power In The New Global Order

Jan 23, 2013

The South Dakota World Affairs Council is hosting a symposium Friday at South Dakota State University, "Russia: A Power in the New Global Order."  Dr.