Three of The Current
Robert Amsterdam on Vladimir Putin's Russia
An estimated 14,000 people choked the streets of Moscow yesterday, to protest the re-election of Vladimir Putin to the Russian Presidency.
Mr. Putin has already served two terms as President -- the maximum allowed under Russian law. He stepped down in 2008 and served as Prime Minister. That break was long enough to allow him to run again for president, and now he's back, despite allegations of wide-spread voter fraud. When he takes the president's chair this time however, he faces a much more prominent and better-organized opposition.
Robert Amsterdam is a Canadian lawyer who confronted Putin's Russia head-on when he was hired to defend Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Mr. Khodorkovsky was the richest man in Russia, but was stripped of his business interests and jailed for tax evasion in a case many believe was politically motivated. His legal team was threatened and Mr. Amsterdam detained and then expelled. Since then, he's been an outspoken critic of Putin.
Robert Amsterdam is a lawyer with the firm Amsterdam and Peroff. He also blogs on global politics and business at Robert Amsterdam.com. He was in our Toronto studio.
This segment was produced The Current's Gord Westmacott and Idella Sturino.
Last Word - Emily Post on Pasta
We've been talking today about whether it's polite to eat in public. It's a good bet Emily Post would say no. The U.S. author wrote a popular book on etiquette in the 1920s and made a series of films about how to eat correctly. Very correctly.
A dinner party with Post must have been like attending ritual sacrifice. She has a few thoughts on the proper way to eat spaghetti, although it doesn't sound as if she ate much of the stuff herself.
For today's Last word, Post -- on pasta.
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