Vladimir Putin’s meteoric rise from disgruntled KGB desk jockey to undisputed leader of Russia has earned him some powerful admirers, including the current president of the United States. But is Putin a friend or foe? Man or meme? And does Russia love America back? There’s only one way to find out: over a bottle of cheap bourbon.

The Warzone gang is joined by Ukrainian-born writer and journalist (and rumored spy) Natalia Antonova, who’s just returned to the Big Apple after years living and reporting in Moscow. Also, overcome by a profound sense of patriotism, Pat treats us to a completely unexpected and totally improvised review of FX’s The Americans. Welcome to The Warzone.

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