164 episodes

Russia, behind the headlines as well as in the shadows. This podcast is the audio counterpart to Mark Galeotti's blog of the same name, a place where "one of the most informed and provocative voices on modern Russia", can talk about Russia historical and (more often) contemporary, discuss new books and research, and sometimes talk to other Russia-watchers. If you'd like to keep the podcast coming and generally support my work, or want to ask questions or suggest topics for me to cover, do please contribute to my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadowsThe podcast's corporate partner and sponsor is Conducttr, which provides software for innovative and immersive crisis exercises in hybrid warfare, counter-terrorism, civil affairs and similar situations.

In Moscow's Shadows Mark Galeotti

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    • 4.8 • 185 Ratings

Russia, behind the headlines as well as in the shadows. This podcast is the audio counterpart to Mark Galeotti's blog of the same name, a place where "one of the most informed and provocative voices on modern Russia", can talk about Russia historical and (more often) contemporary, discuss new books and research, and sometimes talk to other Russia-watchers. If you'd like to keep the podcast coming and generally support my work, or want to ask questions or suggest topics for me to cover, do please contribute to my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadowsThe podcast's corporate partner and sponsor is Conducttr, which provides software for innovative and immersive crisis exercises in hybrid warfare, counter-terrorism, civil affairs and similar situations.

    In Moscow's Shadows 146: Britain and Russia, Eternal Frenemies

    In Moscow's Shadows 146: Britain and Russia, Eternal Frenemies

    Reading Barbara Emerson's excellent The First Cold War: Anglo-Russian Relations in the 19th Century got me thinking more about the nature of British-Russian relations, which really date back to the 16th century, why we each loom so large in the other's geopolitical imagination, and why Russia is torn between extreme Anglophilia and Anglophobia.The podcast's corporate partner and sponsor is Conducttr, which provides software for innovative and immersive crisis exercises in hybrid warfare, coun...

    • 45 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 145: How Corruption Works Under Putin

    In Moscow's Shadows 145: How Corruption Works Under Putin

    The case of Deputy Defence Minister Timur Ivanov, long known as 'king of the kickback,' but only now arrested and charged, provides a good opportunity to consider how corruption is so central to Putin's system, not simply as a reward mechanism to pay off the loyal, but also as a control mechanism and even a social one.The podcast's corporate partner and sponsor is Conducttr, which provides software for innovative and immersive crisis exercises in hybrid warfare, counter-terrorism, civil affai...

    • 53 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 144: Of Talks and Thugs

    In Moscow's Shadows 144: Of Talks and Thugs

    In the first part, I talk about some of the issues raised by a recent article in Foreign Affairs by Sam Charap and Sergei Radchenko for negotiations between Ukraine and Russia whenever they actually happen.In the second I dig into the rise and challenges of Viktor Zolotov, head of the National Guard.The Foreign Affairs article I mention is here.The podcast's corporate partner and sponsor is Conducttr, which provides software for innovative and immersive crisis exercises in hybrid warfare, cou...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 143: Of MICE and Man

    In Moscow's Shadows 143: Of MICE and Man

    Why are some individuals, parties, even countries still so willing to believe (or at least affect to believe) Putin's nonsense? As a way of trying to explain it, I turn to the intelligence recruitment acronym MICE: Money, Ideology, Compromise and Ego.In the second half, I look at another potential up-and-comer, Yuri Trutnev, deputy PM and presidential representative of the Far East, and wonder if he might have a non-standard political trajectory in mind.The podcast's corporate partner and spo...

    • 58 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 142: Heresies and Revolutions

    In Moscow's Shadows 142: Heresies and Revolutions

    Is Putin's Russia becoming a revolutionary state? A recent article on RT by Dmitry Trenin, once one of the doyens of Russian foreign policy analysis, suggests so, but perhaps doesn't go far enough. I consider Trenin's piece in conjunction with others by Fedor Lukyanov and one Henry Johnston, to wonder whether Putin, in so many ways the arch conservative, is being forced to reinvent himself as a revolutionary under pressure of events since his invasion of Ukraine.PS: I did say it wasn't beyond...

    • 53 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 141: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll (kinda)

    In Moscow's Shadows 141: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll (kinda)

    After a sham election and a ghastly terrorist attack (and a pretty ghastly official response), time to talk about something else: sex, drugs and rock & roll.Well, demography, access to pharmaceuticals, and the state's culture war in music, film and beyond - but that's almost the same, isn't it?The Shaman video I mentioned is here, while if you want to see the trailer for Turist, it's here. For a more wholesome watch, the trailer for Cheburashka is here. The podcast's corporate partner and...

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Itsthenoise ,

By far the best pod about Russia

Been listening for over a year and this is the best pod about Russia, Putin and the politics of that troubled country.

Academic without being hard to follow, Mark G is balanced in his assessments and incredibly well informed, plus he’s a very likeable host.

JFLovett ,

Молодец!

Great podcast, the best on Russia I’ve found. Very listenable and insightful. If you have even a passing interest in Russia, the current Ukraine conflict, international affairs or geopolitics I suspect you’ll enjoy this and you’ll be hooked!

very funny and clever pod ,

Fiction

This guy is awful and dumb

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