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NPR’s David Greene On ‘Midnight In Siberia’

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David Greene working in Russia

David Greene working in Russia, along the Trans-Siberian Railway (NPR)

Prior hosting Morning Edition, NPR's David Greene spent two years as Moscow Bureau Chief.  A couple years ago, he was asked to return, and write about it.  He talked with Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert.

Greene's now twice taken a 6,000 mile train trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok.

In talking with Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert, he talked about some of the people he met in the Russia – and the mood of those in the Republic of Crimea now that it's under Russian control.

"I think there is this sense among Americans - and I think it comes across in some of the reporting - that there is this crime that has happened," he said. "And the west believes that Russia should not have taken Crimea.  There's obviously an argument for that.  But what is lost in some of the reporting is the depth with which many people sort of feel a loyalty and a closeness to Russia."

Greene also discussed a difficult bus trip he took in Moscow, in which he was helped out by a number of passengers.