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.
Returned to Chechnya and paraded on TV: Khalimat Taramova’s story
To learn more about Khalimat Taramova’s abduction in Dagestan and forced return to her abusive home in Chechnya, Meduza speaks to human rights professionals Veronika Lapina and Vanessa Kogan.
A Russian ad agency’s war on the Pfizer vaccine
To learn more about how a Russian marketing firm tried to recruit European bloggers in a secret media campaign to smear Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, The Naked Pravda spoke to journalists Alexey Kovalev, Mark Krutov, and Carl Schreck.
What’s treason in Ukraine today? The case against Viktor Medvedchuk
“The Naked Pravda” talks to journalist Olga Tokariuk about the treason charges against Kremlin-linked oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, his place in the Ukrainian political landscape, and what the Zelensky government is doing to combat oligarchic influence.
‘Foreign agents’ in Russia and the United States
For insights into “foreign agent” laws in Russia and the U.S., Meduza turns to scholars Sasha Raspopina and Dmitry Dubrovsky, as well as human rights lawyer Marina Agaltsova and journalist Casey Michel.
Spies, student journalists, and life behind bars: A blowup in Moscow’s relations with Prague, the felony case against ‘Doxa,’ and conditions in Russian prisons
“The Naked Pravda” tackles three subjects dominating the week’s headlines: revelations about a Russian spy operation in the Czech Republic, a criminal case against a student journal, and living conditions for Russian prisoners like Alexey Navalny.
‘Sweeping new authority’: What it means to sanction Russia’s sovereign debt
“The Naked Pravda” asks political risk expert Maximilian Hess and international sanctions specialist Dr. Maria Shagina to explain U.S. sanctions against Russia’s sovereign debt and speculate where they’re headed next.
What a wonderful human being that Kevin is!
Not only is Kevin a wonderful human being, with a rich and beautiful voice and a shining personality, but the podcast is just as wonderful. The topics covered and the way they are covered make for a truly great show, which is both, informative and entertaining.
Plus, what makes the podcast stand out even more is the sound: the music used is exceptional; I’d really like to have the Naked Pravda Theme on my phone, actually, and to be honest, maybe have a full OST of music used, too.
All in all, I am a fan, and I eagerly wait for the new episode each week
Please, for god sake, adjust the flipping volume of the jingle. It has annihilated my ear drums. I’m going to sue you, swear to god
Hey, I’ve been listening to you show ever since the very first episode came out and found it super interesting. It’s cool that you talk to real experts and professionals and have them explain things and express their views. It’s very educational and sooo fascinating!!! Keep up the great work! Waiting for more episodes!