Russia Update: Protesters Harass Russian Talk-Show Host over Tough Questions to Putin on Chechnya

December 22, 2014
TV Rain's Kseniya Sobchak asking a question of President Vladimir Putin at a crowded year-end news conference on December 18, 2014.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week story The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features ‘Managed Spring’: How Moscow Parted Easily with the ‘Novorossiya’ Leaders, Putin ‘The Imperialist’ A Runner-Up For Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ and It’s Not Just Oil and Sanctions Killing Russia’s Economy, It’s Putin.

Protesters have come to the home of Ksenya Sobchak, a popular Russian talk-show host, complaining about her tough questions to President Putin about the burning of homes of terrorists’ relatives in Chechnya. Now she’s threatened with a libel suit by Chechnya as well, and more homes continue to be destroyed.

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