Season 18, Episode 15 Return of the Czar

First Aired: May 10, 2000

An examination of the precarious state Russia finds itself in as Vladimir Putin steps into its presidency. It is “a country in collapse,” says producer Sherry Jones, pointing to endemic corruption, increasing autocracy, widespread poverty and a host of social problems. Jones interviews Russians and looks at how the U.S. government reacted to Russia's fall. She also assesses Putin. “After Communism,” she says, “Russia has returned to czarism.”

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