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Video: Putin’s Peculiar Dinner

OK, this story might already be dead, but in case you have been sleeping under a rock for the past two weeks and somehow missed all the news and discussion about the on-air confrontation between Vladimir Putin and the rock star Yuri Shevchuk, here is a little news clip from Voice of America, which features some interviews with Ilya Yashin and Masha Lipman.  Unlike some other observers, VOA didn’t really see this interview as a semi-controlled set-up to rebrand and soften Putin’s image.