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Putin Re-elected: A Toxic Presidency?

The poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has a triggered a major crisis between the West and Russia. There is even talk of a new Cold War. How serious will it get?

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Our guests:

Christian F. Trippe, DW senior correspondent, who has in recent years been based in both Kiev and Moscow. He says: “It’s wrong to demonize Vladimir Putin. And don’t appease Russia. Start planning for a post-Putin Russia.” 


Alan Posener, commentator for the Berlin daily Die Welt. Alan believes that: “Putin not only poisons his enemies. His army of internet trolls poisons the political atmosphere in the West. His aim is to paralyze democracy.” 


Gemma Pörzgen, freelance journalist and expert on eastern Europe. Gemma says: “It’s always the same reflex: Whatever happens, it was Moscow."