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In this podcast, translator and news aggregator Kevin Rothrock talks to movers and shakers in Russia-focused journalism and academia. Interviews deal with views on trending news stories, the overarching themes of “Russia watching,” and the ins and outs of life as a professional in this field.

Help him pay for Soundcloud and recording equipment by supporting him at Patreon.

The Russia Guy Kevin Rothrock

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In this podcast, translator and news aggregator Kevin Rothrock talks to movers and shakers in Russia-focused journalism and academia. Interviews deal with views on trending news stories, the overarching themes of “Russia watching,” and the ins and outs of life as a professional in this field.

Help him pay for Soundcloud and recording equipment by supporting him at Patreon.

    E98: Elizaveta Fokht on Russian Troll Journalism

    E98: Elizaveta Fokht on Russian Troll Journalism

    Today’s guest is Elizaveta Fokht, a journalist the BBC’s Russian-language service, who's also reported for Russian news outlets like Dozhd and RBK. Earlier this month, she and her colleague, Andrey Zakharov, wrote a spectacular story about a new media holding company called “Patriot,” which unites several websites with connections to Evgeny Prigozhin, the Russian catering magnate (who also dabbles in media, mercenaries, and God knows what else).

    Read their report (in Russian) here:
    https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-50632900

    Read an English-language summary at Meduza here:
    https://meduza.io/en/feature/2019/12/04/why-so-negative

    Follow Elizaveta on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/lizafoht

    Support this very podcast here:
    www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock

    Music and audio:
    Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s
    Олег Анофриев, Бременские музыканты, “Говорят, мы бяки-буки,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-3wC7gkMDQ

    • 27 min
    E97: Lincoln Pigman on Russian Cybersecurity

    E97: Lincoln Pigman on Russian Cybersecurity

    Today's guest is Lincoln Pigman, a Master’s graduate student at Oxford University and a research fellow at the Foreign Policy Center. He’s written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other outlets, usually about Russian cyberspace. About a year ago, he wrote an article in the Journal of Cyber Policy, titled “Russia’s Vision of Cyberspace: A Danger to Regime Security, Public Safety, and Societal Norms and Cohesion.”

    Follow Lincoln on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/lincolnpigman

    Support this very podcast here:
    www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock

    Music and audio:
    Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s
    Олег Анофриев, Бременские музыканты, “Говорят, мы бяки-буки,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-3wC7gkMDQ

    • 30 min
    E96: Ariel Cohen on Political Risk in Russia

    E96: Ariel Cohen on Political Risk in Russia

    Today's guest is Ariel Cohen, a scholar focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law, working as a specialist on Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He’s currently a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, the director of the Energy, Growth, and Security Program at the International Tax and Investment Center (which promotes tax reform and public-private initiatives to improve the investment climate in transition and developing economies), and he’s a columnist at Forbes.

    Ariel talked at length about growing up in the Soviet Union, and how his childhood experiences inform his thinking to this day, not just about Russia, but about human nature and geopolitics. And he discussed conditions in the U.S. foreign service these days, where he says the demise of regional studies has done serious damage. Also, he talked about how he came to political risk analysis.

    Follow Dr. Cohen on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/Dr_Ariel_Cohen

    Support this very podcast here:
    www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock

    Music and audio:
    Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s
    Олег Анофриев, Бременские музыканты, “Говорят, мы бяки-буки,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-3wC7gkMDQ

    • 27 min
    E95: Olesya Vartanyan on South Caucasus Breakaway Regions

    E95: Olesya Vartanyan on South Caucasus Breakaway Regions

    Today's guest is Olesya Vartanyan, Crisis Group’s analyst for the “EU Eastern Neighbourhood.” Based in Tbilisi, she researches and produces reports on regional security issues in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, with a particular focus on breakaway regions in the South Caucasus. She told Kevin what it’s like to go from a career in journalism to the world of professional analysis, and let him ask her ignorant questions about the region.

    Follow her on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/Olesya_vArt

    Find her Crisis Group expert page here:
    https://www.crisisgroup.org/who-we-are/people/olesya-vartanyan

    Support this very podcast here:
    www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock

    Music and audio:
    Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s
    Олег Анофриев, Бременские музыканты, “Говорят, мы бяки-буки,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-3wC7gkMDQ

    • 25 min
    E94: Gasan Gusejnov on the ‘Miserable and Foul Russian Language’

    E94: Gasan Gusejnov on the ‘Miserable and Foul Russian Language’

    Today's guest is Gasan Gusejnov, a linguistics professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Many people in Russia are learning about him right now because of a Facebook post he shared on October 29, where he complained that Russians show too little interest in other languages.

    He said specifically that newsstands in Moscow — a city with hundreds of thousands of ethnicities besides Russian — offer only publications in “the miserable and foul Russian language.” He also argued that Russians try to justify their aversion to other languages as the privilege of a “great power,” but this insularity, he says, is actually the result of Russia’s “barbarity.” The Facebook post led to a national scandal, including threats and even a whole segment on pro-Kremlin pundit Dmitry Kiselyov’s network TV show. Gasan discussed the issue and why he thinks so many have reacted so harshly.

    https://www.hse.ru/en/org/persons/72525472

    Support this very podcast here:
    www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock

    Music and audio:
    Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s
    Олег Анофриев, Бременские музыканты, “Говорят, мы бяки-буки,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-3wC7gkMDQ

    • 16 min
    E93: Tikhon Dzyadko on Russian Journalism

    E93: Tikhon Dzyadko on Russian Journalism

    Today's guest is Tikhon Dzyadko, a journalist who’s worked for Russia’s top independent radio and television broadcasters, Ekho of Moscow and TV Rain, or Dozhd, and he’s now deputy director of news programs at TV station broadcast online in Russia, RTVI. Tikhon talked to Kevin about how he got into journalism, the challenges facing independent reporters in Russia (specifically when it comes to sources), and what he thinks about Russia reporting in the United States.

    Follow him on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/tikhondzyadko

    Check out his reporting at RTVI here:
    https://rtvi.com/team/tikhon-dzyadko/


    Support this very podcast here:
    www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock

    Music and audio:
    Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s
    Олег Анофриев, Бременские музыканты, “Говорят, мы бяки-буки,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-3wC7gkMDQ

    • 18 min

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