Meduza’s 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 issues that are at the heart of Meduza’s stories and crucial to major events in and around Russia.
Who the hell is Evgeny Prigozhin?
To understand the current significance in Russia of warlord, catering magnet, troll king, and all-around Putin buddy Evgeny Prigozhin, The Naked Pravda speaks to five journalists and experts.
An idiot’s guide to the current state of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Meduza asks military analyst Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), for a rundown of the invasion’s latest developments and answers to common questions about the war.
What if Russian commercial aviation cuts too many safety corners?
The Naked Pravda asked experts Richard Aboulafia and Dr. Pavel Luzin about the risks of safety lapses in Russia’s aviation industry amid international sanctions that could soon jeopardize domestic commercial air travel.
What if Russia uses a dirty bomb in Ukraine?
What are “dirty bombs”? And what would happen if a radiological weapon were detonated in Ukraine? The Naked Pravda asked three experts.
Would Russians be able to rationalize the war against Ukraine without gendered rhetoric?
Dr. Lisa Gaufman joined the podcast to discuss her research on how feminization rhetoric helps legitimize Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Will U.S. partisan politics undermine American support for Ukraine?
The Naked Pravda asks FPRI Eurasia Program fellow Aaron Schwartzbaum and international relations Associate Professor Volodymyr Dubovyk how U.S. partisan politics affects American support for Ukraine.