85 episodes

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

    • News
    • 4.8 • 88 Ratings

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 67: Why September is the Month to Watch, and 'Putin, Ukraine and the Revenge of History'

    In Moscow's Shadows 67: Why September is the Month to Watch, and 'Putin, Ukraine and the Revenge of History'

    When are Russians really going to start feeling the pressure of the shooting war in Ukraine and the economic/political one with the West? I explain why I think September is when they will really start to feel it.

    In the second part, I read the coda written for the paperback edition of my Short History of Russia (out now, and a bargain!)

    And apologies for some sound issues with background noise, that I could not edit out...

    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. 


    Support the show

    • 46 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 66: Silovik, Nuclear, Criminal and Religious - a Choice of Victories

    In Moscow's Shadows 66: Silovik, Nuclear, Criminal and Religious - a Choice of Victories

    A week before Victory Day,  I consider some different constituencies' notions of victories. For Patrushev and the hard-liners, they could win politically not despite failing in the war, but thanks to it. Nuclear rhetoric may be scary, but it is also a reflection not of victory but failure. The war and sanctions are reshaping the opportunities in the Russian underworld, and this create new winners and losers. And what does Patriarch Kirill hope to win?

    The Moscow Times piece 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. 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadows)

    • 53 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 65: Fabian Burkhardt on Russia's Elites, Coups and Rumours

    In Moscow's Shadows 65: Fabian Burkhardt on Russia's Elites, Coups and Rumours

    For an experimental change in format, this episode is given over to a long conversation with Fabian Burkhardt of IOS-Regensburg, who works on Russian elites, institutions and authoritarian politics. He gives his sense on the state and loyalties of the elites, on the chances of any kind of palace coups, and the degree to which we are all flailing around in the fog of (info)war.

    As for relevant publications of Fabian's on the topic of the podcast: "Institutionalising Authoritarian Presidencies: Polymorphous Power and Russia’s Presidential Administration" , "Foolproofing Putinism", "The Fog of War and Power Dynamics in Russia’s Elite: Defections and Purges, or Simply Wishful Thinking?"
    Useful sources for listeners some of which Fabian used in his prep or mentioned in podcast:
    Adam Casey, "Putin Has Coup-Proofed His Regime"
    Timothy Frye "Why Regime Change in Russia Might Not Be a Good Idea"
    Vladimir Milov "Ugroza perevorota v Rossii. Okruzhenie P****a sposobno na zagovor? FSB, Sovbez, FSO, Genshtab i drugie." [The threat of a coup in Russia. Is Putin's entourage capable to stage a conspiracy? FSB, Security Council, FSO, General Staff and others]
    Mark Galeotti "Putin is devouring his children", "Putin’s totalitarian turn"
    Stanislav Markus "Meet Russia’s oligarchs, a group of men who won't be toppling Putin anytime soon"
    Farida Rustamova "They’re carefully enunciating the word clusterf*ck", "'Now we're going to f*ck them all.' What's happening in Russia's elites after a month of war"
    Andrey Pertsev "Blindsided Russia’s top officials were caught off guard by Putin’s war in Ukraine. Many of them want to resign — but can’t.", "Filling the void Putin’s administration no longer hopes to take Kyiv. The Russian president has yet to make a final decision."
    Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan "Could the Siloviki Challenge Putin?"
    Dossier Center "Beseda na doprose. Deistvitelno li arestovan glava 5-i sluzhby FSB" [Interrogation of Beseda. Was the head of the FSB's Fifth Service really arrested?]

    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. 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadows)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 64: Dvornikov, Mishustin, Scenarios and Traitors - more about Ukraine

    In Moscow's Shadows 64: Dvornikov, Mishustin, Scenarios and Traitors - more about Ukraine

    Who is General Dvornikov, the new Russian operational commander for the war in Ukraine? Will Prime Minister Mishustin and the other technocrats be able to prevent the militarisation of the Russian economy? Four scenarios for the war. And why it's all about 'enemies' versus 'traitors' for Putin now...

    The piece on Rusich I mentioned is here, and the Telegraph piece 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. 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadows)

    • 52 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 63: Terrible Crimes, Terrible Rulers, Terrible Dilemmas

    In Moscow's Shadows 63: Terrible Crimes, Terrible Rulers, Terrible Dilemmas

    Another brief and unedited podcast trying to track some of the latest Ukraine-related Russian stories, all distinctly depressing:

    - the war crimes of Bucha (and the Kirill Shamiev twitter thread I mentioned is here)

    - comparing Ivan the Terrible and Vladimir (Putin) the Pretty Terrible Too

    - the dilemmas for ordinary Russians - and why today's support may not be tomorrow's (the Farida Rustamova piece I mention 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. 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadows)

    • 28 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 62: Ukraine: A New Strategy, An Absent Shoigu, An Angry National Guard and a Medieval Lithuanian Comparison

    In Moscow's Shadows 62: Ukraine: A New Strategy, An Absent Shoigu, An Angry National Guard and a Medieval Lithuanian Comparison

    A brief and thoroughly unedited look at four particular issues relating to Ukraine:
    - the 'new strategy' of concentrating on the Donbas
    - where's Shoigu?
    - fear and loathing in the National Guard
    - a comparison with medieval Lithuania (yes, really)

    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. 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadows)

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

airbnrgr ,

Outstanding!!

I appreciated all your insight views on this spectrum.

gabfanatico ,

Awesome!

Thanks so much for your interesting insights!!!

connmattwhite ,

Very comprehensive

Can’t get enough of this guy. I’m waiting patiently on this post VE Day parade analysis!

Top Podcasts In News

The New York Times
The Daily Wire
NPR
Law&Crime
CBC Podcasts
Serial Productions

You Might Also Like

The Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies and Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center
RFE/RL
Bunker Crew Media
Ryan Evans
Free Russia Foundation and New Lines Magazine
The Telegraph