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.


Send us your views and get your voice on the air

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.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.