NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 30, 2010
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(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Criticism in Russia and the US over the harsh sentence for oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who is a political opponent of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, examined; scenes shown from the courtroom; details given about Putin’s efforts to build a cult of personality and Moscow’s attempts to distract from this case; clip shown of former spy Anna Chapman in her first interview. [University of London Martin McCAULEY- says he learned that you can’t take Putin on head-on.] [Center for Strategic and International Studies Heather CONLEY- says the louder the calls against this sentence the more robust Moscow will defend its internal sovereignty.] The areas of critical cooperation between the US and Russia discussed.