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    Steve LeVine Discusses Russia's Oil and Gas Influence

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    Steve LeVine Discusses Russia's Oil and Gas Influence
    Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California
    Russia's rich oil reserves are helping the country regain prominence. Under Vladimir Putin and his sucessor, Dmitry Medvedev, nationalism has grown as well.Is it a return to Soviet-era systems and beliefs? Or has the nation moved into a different paradigm?Author Steve LeVine says the country is stained by a "culture of death," from assassinations of state critics to possible Kremlin indifference in hostage crises - The Commonwealth Club of California