Meduza’s first English-language podcast, The Naked Pravda highlights how our top reporting intersects with the wider research and expertise that exists about Russia. The broader context of Meduza’s in-depth, original journalism isn’t always clear, which is where this show comes in. Here you’ll hear from the world’s community of Russia experts, activists, and reporters about the issues at the heart of Meduza’s stories.
Russia's peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan and security demands in Europe
Meduza speaks to EurasiaNet Central Asia editor Peter Leonard about Kazakhstan’s recent unrest and the CSTO peacekeeping mission in the country, and foreign policy expert Fyodor Lukyanov answers questions about the Kremlin’s security demands in Europe.
The best English-language journalism and scholarly work on Russia in 2021
The Naked Pravda looks back at some of the journalism and scholarly work in 2021 that made significant contributions to our knowledge about Russia. Nine articles and five books.
Human rights law in Russia
Human rights lawyer Valeria Vetoshkina describes her past work for the Team 29 project and explains how the Russian authorities crushed the organization and “killed civil society” earlier this year.
Russia’s ASAT missile test
Independent analyst and disarmament expert Pavel Podvig explains the science behind antisatellite missiles, the dangers of orbital debris, and the diplomatic obstacles to a more rational use of outer space.
Russian gas in Europe
Meduza talks to political risk analyst Nick Trickett, the author of the OGs and OFZs newsletter, about how Russia fits into Europe’s ongoing energy crisis and what rising gas prices mean for ordinary Russians.
The arrest of Russian cybersecurity titan Ilya Sachkov
Meduza asks cybersecurity experts Julien Nocetti and Josephine Wolff, as well as journalist Mike Eckel, about the significance of treason charges against Group-IB co-founder and CEO Ilya Sachkov.
Do try this one
Intelligent analysis from a slightly different angle than you’ll find from the best Western media. Surprisingly, the rigour and wit of the analysis leaves a sense of optimism that maybe all is not lost in Putin’s Russia. I guess the test is how long the podcast can keep going.
I listen to a lot of current affairs podcasts. It's very easy to make an average one. Certainly not the case here. The main guy is very good. The podcast is very informative and the interviews with contributors/academics are always interesting
Really good for keeping up to date
Great podcast for balanced view on Russian affairs - only thing is sometimes the interviews don't flow well and end up confusing. Also what is Medusa? Otherwise really fab I listen to every episode and always learn something new. It's nice to have them download straight to my phone - I need something to keep up to date after my Eastern European Studies course has ended!