A difficult summer for Putin
Could raging wildfires signal the end for Russia's long-time political leader?
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2010 13:57 GMT

Could fires raging outside Moscow mean the end for Russia's long-time political leader - Vladimir Putin?

The blazes have already killed dozens and Russians are asking why has more not been done to curb the fires or prevent them.


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The heat wave behind the wildfires has taken thousands of lives. The only relief from the heat and the flames may come from hurricane-force winds and heavy rains which are bringing their own problems.

Already in the midst of an economic downturn, Russia may be struggling with the after-effects of the 2010 summer for years to come.

On Tuesday's Riz Khan show we speak with Boris Volodarsky, a former Soviet military intelligence officer, and Maria Lipman, the editor-in-chief of Pro Et Contra, a journal published by the Carnegie Moscow Center.

You can join the conversation. Call in with your questions and comments on Tuesday, August 17, at our live time of 1630GMT. Repeats air at 2130GMT, and the next day at 0230GMT and 1130GMT.

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