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01/28/2016 12:38 pm ET Updated Jan 28, 2017

Esteemed Journalist Marvin Kalb on Why Russians Prefer Putin's Brute Strength Over American-style Freedom

Marvin Kalb's career spans three decades of award-winning reporting and commentary for CBS and NBC, including a turn as host of the iconic political talk show Meet the Press. He recently completed the 22nd season of The Kalb Report, a forum on ethics and journalism. Also a bestselling author, his latest text Imperial Gamble examines the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia.

In the clip below, Kalb discusses Putin's iron-clad leadership style and why the Russian people are willing to forsake their personal liberties under his rule.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis.