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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 48: What can you learn from Tula? On Russian provincial life and politics, Governor Dyumin, and busses

    In Moscow's Shadows 48: What can you learn from Tula? On Russian provincial life and politics, Governor Dyumin, and busses

    A trip to Tula, 200km south of Moscow, provides a chance to mix a little history and travelogue with some thoughts about what the city reveals about the nature of provincial life, regional politics and the state economy versus the market economy. In the second half, I look at Tula's governor Alexei Dyumin, a former bodyguard to Putin and for some still a potential successor. How much do governors matter?

    The travel blog I mention is Travels in Deepest Muscovy, which will later feature a photo-essay or two in Tula.

    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. 

    • 46 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 47: Postcards from Moscow

    In Moscow's Shadows 47: Postcards from Moscow

    Just back to Russia, my first trip since February 2020, and for this podcast I try something different - a random collection of impressions, mainly recorded on the street (so apologies for the often poor sound quality). Normal podcasting will resume shortly!

    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. 

    • 36 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 46: New 'Foreign Agent' restrictions and 'Hybrid Warfare'

    In Moscow's Shadows 46: New 'Foreign Agent' restrictions and 'Hybrid Warfare'

    Two quite big topics this episode. First of all, the restrictive new rules on 'Foreign Agent' status that, if applied, would make it almost impossible to discuss military, security and even space topics. They are as much about drawing sharper lines - are you with us or against us - as encouraging self-censorship.

    Then, after the break, some rumination on 'hybrid war' - why it's not that helpful a term, and why, when we talk about Russia, there is no one notion of 'hybrid war' but three.

    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. 

    • 43 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 45: Pretty much everything but the election: Lavrov's corruption, Team Navalny's strategy, Zapad-2021, Stories That Didn't Bark, and Shoigu's future

    In Moscow's Shadows 45: Pretty much everything but the election: Lavrov's corruption, Team Navalny's strategy, Zapad-2021, Stories That Didn't Bark, and Shoigu's future

    I confess at this stage I couldn't think of much to say about the Russian elections that wasn't obvious, or hadn't been said, so instead I recorded a 'magazine' episode covering a range of other topics:
    Team Navalny's latest video (here), this time on the corruption of Foreign Minister Lavrov, and why the opposition needs a new big ideaThe Zapad-2021 exercises and their political significance (coverage by Mike Kofman here and Konrad Muzyka here)Three stories that went under-reported in Russia: on AUKUS, on Putin's health (my Spectator piece is here) and Sputnik VRumours that Sergei Shoigu is being sent to Siberia - in a good way.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. 

    • 42 min
    In Moscow's Shadows 44: As above, so below - a prison riot in Kamchatka and a society looking to a sanitised past for hope

    In Moscow's Shadows 44: As above, so below - a prison riot in Kamchatka and a society looking to a sanitised past for hope

    A shorter episode that looks at a vicious criminal's end in a prison riot in Kamchatka, and after talking a little about prison realities in Russia, considers some possible lessons for Russia as a whole.

    I mention the vexed issue of police numbers, something I discuss here and 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 43: Poklonskaya, Ethnic Rumbles and Naryshkin's Claims to be Putin's Mate

    In Moscow's Shadows 43: Poklonskaya, Ethnic Rumbles and Naryshkin's Claims to be Putin's Mate

    Sometimes it's worth digging into what look like less important stories, to see what lessons the offer about the big picture developments, so I tackle three - who's likely to be the next ambassador to Cape Verde, why airfare hikes contribute to street violence, and why Naryshkin is now claiming to be a long-time mate of Putin's - and see what I can make of them.

    For those figures I threw out, the proportions of staff of different Presidential Administration departments estimated to be current or former security officers are:
    63% Security Council (SB) Secretariat
    28% Foreign Policy Directorate (UVneshP)
    19% Expert Directorate (UE)
    71% Directorate for Interregional and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries (UMKSZS),
    62% Directorate for Cross-Border Cooperation (UPS)

    For the share of one-to-one or one-to-few meetings with the President in 2019:
    1% Kostyukov (GRU)
    5% Zolotov (National Guard(
    5% Kolokoltsev (MVD)
    11% Naryshkin
    17% Bortnikov (FSB)
    23% Shoigu (MoD)
    29% Patrushev
    9% Other

    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

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46 Ratings

46 Ratings

AlFromConnecticut ,

Great Episode

Very informative but please remember that the name of President Biden’s party is the Democratic Party, not the GOP preferred “Democrat” Party. Thanks in advance for your accuracy.

rmatuz ,

First rate perspective

It’s difficult here in the United States to know what actually goes on within the Russian power structure. Mark Galeotti offers a first rate perspective for those of us I’ll served by our own media and politicians, and, sadly, by those on the left who, though rightly skeptical, are as ill informed and ignorant as the rest of us.

Big Homie Herald ,

The Russia Expert

I’ve followed Prof Galeotti now for almost a decade. He is in my opinion THE Russia expert and I always rely on his experience and analysis on the topic. I highly encourage any Russia watcher or Foreign Policy fan to subscribe and listen.

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