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.
Under pressure: The evolving Belarusian opposition movement versus Lukashenko’s embattled regime
“The Naked Pravda” invited two expert guests on the show to talk about how the opposition movement in Belarus has evolved and how Lukashenko’s regime has managed to withstand six months of protests.
Arms control treaties aren’t for friends: The difficult diplomacy of today’s U.S.-Russian negotiations
‘The Naked Pravda’ speaks to experts Olga Oliker and Pavel Podvig about the past, present, and future of New START and other U.S.-Russian arms control agreements.
Fighting the ‘crooks and thieves’: Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption politics
Meduza looks at the broader impact of Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption work and his influence on politics in Russia.
Putin’s people: Money in the bank and a palace by the sea
Meduza speaks to journalist Catherine Belton about Vladimir Putin’s KGB past, the slush funds used to finance his alleged ‘palace’ by the Black Sea, and Alexey Navalny’s rising challenge.
How Russia is ruled: Debt and vertical control across towns and industries
Dr. Yuval Weber explains how the Kremlin uses borrowing to bolster its vertical control over regional and local officials, and why Russia is doubling down on investments in a reformed modern military.
Revisiting the poisoning of Vladimir Kara-Murza
RFE/RL journalists Mike Eckel and Carl Schreck tell Meduza what they’ve uncovered in their investigation into the poisoning of a Russian oppositionist who trusted the U.S. government to identify the toxin that nearly killed him.
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Refreshing take on Russian political commentary
Podcast has a great approach to discussing the latest events in Russia — goes beyond the Western think tank speculation on Kremlinology to dissect these events against a more academic and nuanced background. Easy listen that packs in a ton of information and insight.
Great to get some fresh news on Russia that isn’t filtered heavily filtered by my government or Russia.
Very interesting to look at Russian news from foreign perspective, although each episode makes me sad