Background Briefing: September 12, 2022
Ukraine’s Successful Counter Offensive and Pressure on Putin to Take More Desperate Measures
We begin with the successful counter offensive underway by the Ukrainian military in the north east around Kharkiv that has routed the Russian invaders and provoked unusually harsh criticism from nationalists and military bloggers inside of Russia who the regime has so-far tolerated. Joining us is Michael Weiss, news director at New Lines Magazine who has reported on international affairs for over ten years with a focus on the Middle East and Russia. He has interviewed ISIS operatives and Russian spies; published and curated a series of still-classified KGB training manuals; reported from rebel-held Syria and war-torn Ukraine; broken major stories about financial corruption; and exposed the Russian intelligence services’ ongoing subversion efforts in the United States and Europe. He is the the author of The Menace of Unreality: How Russia Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money and coauthor of the New York Times Bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. We discuss calls from municipal figures in Saint Petersburg and Moscow for Putin to step down and whether pressure from the nationalists on Putin might result in him seeking more desperate military measures as his so-called “special operation” appears poised to collapse.
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