‘On Point’ – How Brutal Totalitarianism Took Over Russia


By Tom Ashbrook
On Point (10/2/17)

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen on how modern Russia took a wrong turn on the road to democracy and its march, now, to totalitarianism.

Reporter Masha Gessen grew up in Russia.  Left young when it was still the Soviet Union.  Came back when there was an opening to democracy, and watched as Russia went the other way – to Vladimir Putin and what she now plainly calls totalitarianism.  Why did that happen?  What does it mean for Russians and for the world?  For the United States in particular?  This hour On Point:  Mashsa Gessen goes deep on how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia.


Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and author. Author of several books, including “The Brothers,” “The Man Without A Face” and “Words Will Break Cement.” Her most recent is “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.” (@mashagessen)

Link to Story and 46-Minute Audio

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