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Arkady Ostrovsky travels across Europe and the Middle East speaking to free-thinking Russians who left when the shelling of Ukraine began in 2022 in this eight-part series. For them the war meant the future of Russia itself was now in doubt. Now they have to rebuild their lives and their hopes for Russia from exile. Can they get their country back?
Their stories help solve the mystery of why this senseless war began – and how it might end.
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Next Year in Moscow The Economist

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Arkady Ostrovsky travels across Europe and the Middle East speaking to free-thinking Russians who left when the shelling of Ukraine began in 2022 in this eight-part series. For them the war meant the future of Russia itself was now in doubt. Now they have to rebuild their lives and their hopes for Russia from exile. Can they get their country back?
Their stories help solve the mystery of why this senseless war began – and how it might end.
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    Next Year in Moscow 1: This damn year

    Next Year in Moscow 1: This damn year

    For Russians opposed to Vladimir Putin, everything changed the moment they awoke to news of the invasion of Ukraine a year ago. They felt a range of emotions: pain, fury and shame. And they had to figure out what to do next. 
    The Economist’s Arkady Ostrovsky has been speaking to them, because their stories help solve the mystery of why this senseless war began – and how it might end.
    New episodes will be released weekly on Saturdays.
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    • 34 min
    Next Year in Moscow 2: A beautiful life

    Next Year in Moscow 2: A beautiful life

    A decade ago Russia's middle class was larger and richer than it had ever been. “Russians are OK” was the title of a popular YouTube channel. But Vladimir Putin’s return to power sparked unprecedented protests as two very different visions of Russia vied for dominance. 
    New episodes will be released weekly on Saturdays.
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    Next Year in Moscow 3: Baggage

    Next Year in Moscow 3: Baggage

    In one sense, the war did not really begin in 2022. It did not even begin in Ukraine. It started the first time Vladimir Putin invaded one of Russia’s neighbours and got away with it. That was 15 years ago, in Georgia. And in the same place Joseph Stalin, author of the Soviet empire’s darkest chapter, was born. 
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    Next Year in Moscow 4: Hostages

    Next Year in Moscow 4: Hostages

    Chulpan Khamatova is one of Russia's best-loved actors. Once courted by Vladimir Putin, she now lives in exile in Latvia. Her work and fame brought access to the key protagonists in Russia’s recent past. It’s a unique vantage point to contemplate the nature of evil⁠⁠—and its antidote.
    The next episode will be released on Saturday April 1st 2023.
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    Next Year in Moscow 5: Through the forest

    Next Year in Moscow 5: Through the forest

    When the full scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, anti-war Russians began quoting the work of the great novelist Leo Tolstoy. Grigory Sverdlin has been fighting back, as Tolstoy prescribed, with acts of empathy and kindness—from helping homeless people to aiding Russians dodge the draft. 
    New episodes released on Saturdays.
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    Next Year in Moscow 6: Remote work

    Next Year in Moscow 6: Remote work

    Soon after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin imposed strict media laws that criminalised any reporting of the truth. Independent journalists working abroad are providing an alternative to the powerful narrative that is broadcast 24/7 on state television. Can emigrés still have an impact on the silent majority inside Russia?
    New episodes released on Saturdays.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
287 Ratings

287 Ratings

Elis and John fan! ,

Enchanting

This is what everyone need to hear.
Thank you, Arkady

KdeKundevar ,

Ostrovsky

I have just listened to episode 9 which was delayed to include the death of Navalny. I’m not sure whether to recommend it, despite its brilliance. To me it is compelling but I’m sure to many more it will be heartbreaking. Whatever your conclusion, this is excellent journalism. Thank you the Economist, but more to the point, thank you Mr Ostrovsky.
PS whilst I’m at it, please search for the debates on the Ukraine war on Economist livestreams with cracking commentary from Ed Carr, Arkady O, Shashank Joshi - superbly chaired by Zannie MB (I’m sure I’ve trashed the spelling for all and by the way, I don’t work for the Eco!)

very funny and clever pod ,

Travels to see people who agree with me

Boring

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