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Former NPR Correspondent Talks About "Putin's Country"

Here is the unedited version of Doug Nadvornick's conversation with Anne Garrels.

Longtime NPR listeners may remember former correspondent Anne Garrels from her reporting from Iraq during the second Gulf War. But her real love was Russia. In the late 1970s, she was based as a reporter in Moscow for ABC News. She was booted out of the country in 1982. But after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, she went back, this time in 1993, for NPR. She is now retired from radio and the author of a book that came out last year: "Putin’s Country: A Journey into the Real Russia." In this case, the real Russia is an industrial city called Chelyabinsk.

Anne Garrels will talk about her experiences at Spokane's Bing Crosby Theatre on November 15, a benefit for Spokane Public Radio.