Russia and the West: back to the future

Aleksandr Rahr, Political Analyst and Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Today we will talk about Valdai. Lake Valdai is one of the most beautiful places in Russia, some 300 kilometers north of Moscow. It was there where the first meeting of a popular international forum was held 6 years ago. Since then, the Valdai Discussion Club has held meetings annually between Russian and foreign experts in different places in Russia. They usually culminate with a rendezvous of the participants with the Russian president. The city of Yakutsk was chosen to host the Valdai 2009 forum. One of its participants, Alexander Rahr, from Germany, is our guest today.