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Voice of America 11 Sep 2019

Putin Election Defeat Signals Uncertain Future for Russia


Russian voters this week dealt the party of President Vladimir Putin a heavy blow in local elections that were marred by street protests and police crackdowns in Moscow. Putin's United Russia party lost control of key regions, including the capital, raising questions of how long he may continue to lead what some analysts say is an increasingly restive nation. For Ricardo Marquina and Olga Pavlova in Moscow, Mary Motta, reports.

The remote Uzbek city of Nukus may seem an unlikely destination for art lovers.
But thanks largely to the efforts of by one man, Igor Savitsky, it is now home to a world-class collection of avant-garde paintings, rescued from destruction by the KGB, the committee for state security, in the Soviet era.
But the future of this unique museum could now be on the line.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Nukus,
Former FBI director James Comey says the U.S. is not prepared for Russian interference in the next presidential election. Comey, author of the book "A Higher Loyalty," joined CBSN with more on his concerns ahead of the 2020 race.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday it would be "appropriate" for Russia to be readmitted to a group of the world's major industrial nations after being expelled in 2014 following the invasion and annexation of Crimea. (Aug. 20)
President Trump continues to repeat Russian talking points as he calls for Russia to rejoin the G7.

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