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What’s going on inside the Kremlin, with Andrei Soldatov

Vladimir Putin’s inner circle seems increasingly isolated.

As Russia’s war on Ukraine enters a new phase, the New Statesman’s Europe correspondent Ido Vock speaks to the Russian investigative journalist and security services analyst Andrei Soldatov.

They discuss how Russia got its pre-war planning so wrong, how the Kremlin is responding to military setbacks, and why a palace coup to overthrow Vladimir Putin is unlikely to happen.

If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.

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Further reading:

Russia cannot afford to lose, so we need a kind of a victory”: Sergey Karaganov on what Putin wants.

Putin has little to celebrate in Ukraine as a key anniversary approaches.

Putin’s war aims are in disarray, as the Donbas debacle shows.

As the conflict in Ukraine grinds on, Putin escalates his information war at home.

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