After the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Russians are asking themselves why they performed so poorly. Russia, which dominated the Winter Olympics throughout the seventies and eighties as the Soviet Union, finished sixth on this year's medal table. Neave Barker of Al Jazeera English reports from Moscow on anger at Russia's Olympics performance.
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Martin Savidge hosts William Fierman and Nikolay Petrov to discuss the Central Asian "stans" (Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). We examine emerging language policies, cultural identity and geopolitical relationships with Russia, China and the United States.
As a reporter, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff hitch-hiked overnight to Berlin to cover the story. Daniel Fried was working at the Polish desk at the U.S. State Department when the wall came down. Sergey Shestakov was the chief of staff for the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations.
Worldfocus producer Christine Kiernan writes about the monumentality of the events that transpired during the fall and winter of 1989 and how much the world has changed since then. She analyzes what the fall of the Iron Curtain meant to her.
World leaders gathered in Poland today to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II amid rising tensions between Russia and Poland. Vladimir Lensky of Russia’s Channel One television and bloggers discuss Russia's role and responsibility in WWII.
Worldfocus producer Ara Ayer reported on a signature series from the Baltics and writes about those nations' efforts to retain their national and cultural identities, even as the global economic crisis looms and Russia reemerges as a world power.
During 50 years of Soviet occupation, Lithuanians hung on to their language as a not-so-quiet form of rebellion. Today, they want to protect it -- not from an occupying force, but from other languages.
Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear weapons policy, discusses the threat of nuclear weapons facing the Obama administration.
Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Worldfocus travels to four countries to examine the progress and pains of post-Soviet life.