Masha Gessen on Russian totalitarianism and American autocracy.

Masha Gessen on How Putin Exercises Control Over Russia

Masha Gessen on How Putin Exercises Control Over Russia

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
Oct. 5 2017 7:30 AM

I Have to Ask: The Masha Gessen Edition

How Putin’s regime operates and what people don’t understand about autocrats.

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Masha Gessen

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Misha Friedman/Getty Images.

Masha Gessen is a journalist, activist, and author of the new book The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how Vladimir Putin exercises control over Russia and why Trump’s chaotic governing style could still lead to autocracy.

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Podcast production by Audrey Dilling.