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How to Deal With a Renegade Russia

Linas Jegelevicius
Board of Contributors
Nov 26, 2017 | 14:02 GMT
People march in memory of Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov on March 1, 2015, in central Moscow.

People march in memory of Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov on March 1, 2015, in central Moscow. Vygaudas Usackas, the European Union's former envoy to Moscow, is touring Lithuania presenting a documentary about the assassinated Russian opposition leader.

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These days Vygaudas Usackas, the European Union's former envoy to Moscow, is touring Lithuania presenting a documentary about the assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and offering audiences his insight into the world of Russian politics. One idea recurs throughout the question-and-answer sessions that precede the screenings: Even though Russia has violated international law, the West must try to improve its relationship with the country. I sat down with Usackas during a showing to ask him some questions about Nemtsov, Moscow and what to do if you find yourself stuck in an elevator with the Russian president....

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