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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. It will come out at least once a month, but if you'd like to try and make sure it comes out more often, 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/InMoscowsShadows

In Moscow's Shadows Mark Galeotti

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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. It will come out at least once a month, but if you'd like to try and make sure it comes out more often, 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/InMoscowsShadows

    In Moscow's Shadows 85: War and Peace (and how both are changing)

    In Moscow's Shadows 85: War and Peace (and how both are changing)

    What broader lessons about the changing nature of war, peace and power can we draw from the Russo-Ukrainian conflict? A more conceptual and rambling episode than usual...

    The Meduza article on FSO polling I mentioned is here.

    You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra materials right here. 


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    In Moscow's Shadows 84: Putin the History (Abuse) Man

    In Moscow's Shadows 84: Putin the History (Abuse) Man

    My own contribution to the current discussion about how Putin tries to use and abuse history, and how he doesn't even get Russian history right.

    And, after the break, the costs of the war to Russia and the all-too-often overlooked (not least by Putin) regional dimension.

    You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra materials right here. 


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    In Moscow's Shadows 83: Putin's decision-making; and Russian organised crime after the invasion

    In Moscow's Shadows 83: Putin's decision-making; and Russian organised crime after the invasion

    A fresh batch of Patrons' questions, clustered around Putin, his influences (no, Ivan Ilyin is not his guru) and decision-making; and then in the second half, how are the effects of invasion and sanctions reshaping Russian organised crime?

    You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra materials right here. 


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    In Moscow's Shadows 82: What Prigozhin Wants, What Putin Believes, and Why Russia Might Create its own Bureau 39

    In Moscow's Shadows 82: What Prigozhin Wants, What Putin Believes, and Why Russia Might Create its own Bureau 39

    In the first part of the podcast, I address the first batch of questions put to me by my Patrons, including Prigozhin's authority and whether Putin really believes some of the increasingly bizarre nonsense that is being spouted by his officials. In the second part, I explore whether Russia might be tempted to follow North Korea in establishing a 'ministry of organised crime.'

    Oh, and do buy my new book Putin's Wars!

    The ECFR Crimintern report I mention (from 2017) is here.

    You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra materials right here. 


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    In Moscow's Shadows 81: A Sampling of the Latest News; and the Russo-Chinese Intelligence Relationship

    In Moscow's Shadows 81: A Sampling of the Latest News; and the Russo-Chinese Intelligence Relationship

    In the first segment, I touch on some of the latest news stories: Ukraine's drone attack on Sevastopol and the ending of the grain deal; will Russian withdraw from Kherson; and what Russians think. In the second half, I pivot to exploring the complex intelligence relationship between Russia and China and why, whatever the talk of a 'friendship without limits,' at least in the secret realm they are not frenemies maybe but frivals...

    The recording of the talk at George Washington's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies I mentioned is here.

    You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra materials right here. 


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    In Moscow's Shadows 80: Annexations, Mobilisations, Martial Law and More

    In Moscow's Shadows 80: Annexations, Mobilisations, Martial Law and More

    I'm back after a month of travels, and what a month it's been. In this longer-than-usual catch-up episode, I look at its main developments, including annexations, mobilisation, martial law and political machinations. And how Sergei Kirienko admitted that this was not a popular war...

    You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra materials right here. 


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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

JessHynes11 ,

This is a grade A podcast

I am voracious in my appetite in all things Ukraine War. Your Podcast has offered such insight in these darks times. You educate you listeners, not only about the war, but international goings on that may affect said war. You do well to not scare us (fear mongering is bad !) and you even draw out a smile or two, without seeming to be disrespectful. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! Please keep them coming.

Scotty Baby 929 ,

Best Insight and Perspective

Entertaining, clever, philosophical. Not just about Russia, but the interconnection of broader issues that we all are currently facing now but more importantly the downstream possibilities and consequences of what’s happening. Thanks Mark! Brilliant.

Gdhrhfghffghydsgjjmike ,

Want to understand Russia? Listen to this!!

Outstanding podcast that gets into the nuanced details of Russian history, politics and current political dynamics in a fresh, relatable and easily understood way for lay people like myself. Keep up the outstanding work!!

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