9 episodes

We might not see millions in the streets, but the resistance is there. While the civil servants paint over hundreds of new anti-war graffiti, people in Russia are protesting and making their voices heard on social media despite risking their freedom.

But who are they, and are they fighting a lost battle?

Together with activists, journalists, artists, and people who can’t keep silent we’ll discuss how we, Russians, lost our freedom, why keep fighting and why there’s still hope.

This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St. Petersburg. If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our job.

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We might not see millions in the streets, but the resistance is there. While the civil servants paint over hundreds of new anti-war graffiti, people in Russia are protesting and making their voices heard on social media despite risking their freedom.

But who are they, and are they fighting a lost battle?

Together with activists, journalists, artists, and people who can’t keep silent we’ll discuss how we, Russians, lost our freedom, why keep fighting and why there’s still hope.

This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St. Petersburg. If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our job.

    A retired doctor against the political machine: fighting for freedom in rural Russia

    A retired doctor against the political machine: fighting for freedom in rural Russia

    Alexander Pravdin is 73 years old. He lives in a small village near St. Petersburg. He used to work as a doctor in a psychiatric hospital, then he became an entrepreneur and settled in the village. He began to speak out against the arbitrariness of the Russian authorities and draw posters about it. Of course, the authorities did not like it and they took away Alexander's business. But he does not give up.

    We asked Alexander why he believes that Russia has stolen the future from the whole world, how his generation treats the war and the USSR and whether Russia will be free.

    If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our job.

    This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St. Petersburg. Our site was blocked by the Russian government because of reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war, but we continue telling the truth and engaging in independent journalism.

    Voice actor — Erich Rausch

    This is our first project for an international audience, and we are quite nervous about it. Please share your feedback with our team: russianresistance@paperpaper.ru

    • 24 min
    Trying to analyze Russia: political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann explains how to properly understand the day-to-day life of a nuclear power and Putin’s desire to conquer the neighbor

    Trying to analyze Russia: political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann explains how to properly understand the day-to-day life of a nuclear power and Putin’s desire to conquer the neighbor

    Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist and publicist. She has been explaining the inevitable political processes, laws, and underlying logic that guides the Russian government for years. She has a big fan base In Russia and some people see her as the next president of the country. But now it’s even theoretically impossible since Ekaterina got listed as a foreign agent, as were many others who spoke their thoughts about Russian politics.

    Ekaterina, as probably every rational person, was certain that war wasn't going to happen — and made a mistake. We talked to her about how the Russian citizens are forced to leave the country, what the Kremlin is afraid of, what future awaits Russian science, and why both Russia and Ukraine are at war with Hitler.

    If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our work.
    This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St Petersburg. Our website was blocked by the Russian government for reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war, yet we continue telling the truth as independent journalists.

    This is our first project for an international audience, and we are really excited about it. Please take a moment to share your feedback with our team: russianresistance@paperpaper.ru

    • 28 min
    Is it possible to fight the authorities by working for them? Former police officer and history teacher talks about opposition within state structures

    Is it possible to fight the authorities by working for them? Former police officer and history teacher talks about opposition within state structures

    As a policeman, this man tried to do everything in his power to ease the lives of political activists who came across his way. As a history teacher, he told children the truth about the war.

    In this episode we tell the story of Andrei Shestakov, an ex-police officer and a former school teacher from the small town in Yakutia. He got a job at the school and refused to teach the false history of Russia and opposed the war. As a result, he was monitored by the FSB.

    What changed his beliefs? And how did he cease to be the "dog of the regime" and become a part of the Russian resistance? Listen to his story in the episode.

    If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our job.
    This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St. Petersburg. Our site was blocked by the Russian government because of reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war, but we continue telling the truth and engage in independent journalism.

    Music production & mix engineering, website & illustrations by Paper Media

    This is our first project for an international audience, and we are quite nervous about it. Please share your feedback with our team: russianresistance@paperpaper.ru

    • 23 min
    How to stop Putin by damaging the elites and why don’t Russians protest? The sociological perspective

    How to stop Putin by damaging the elites and why don’t Russians protest? The sociological perspective

    It may sound surprising, but the Russians, Germans and even Ukrainians are on the same side. Our goal is to confront the corrupt financial and political elites across Europe. Why and how did it happen? Russian sociologist Grigory Yudin answers this question.

    We discussed why the country for which the victory over fascism was so important, arranges flash mobs in support of a new war; why Russians perceive politics as a clownery and what we need to do to stop Putin’s actions.

    If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our job.
    This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St. Petersburg. Our site was blocked by the Russian government because of reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war, but we continue telling the truth and engage in independent journalism.

    Credits:
    Producer — Veronika Volkova
    Editor-in-Chief — Svetlana Kiseleva
    Music production & mix engineering, website & illustrations — Paper Media
    This is our first project for an international audience, and we are quite nervous about it. Please share your feedback with our team: russianresistance@paperpaper.ru

    • 28 min
    How to fight the Putin regime with political art: Maria Alyokhina tells about new Pussy Riot tour, repressions in Belarus and why Europe can influence the war more than the U.S.

    How to fight the Putin regime with political art: Maria Alyokhina tells about new Pussy Riot tour, repressions in Belarus and why Europe can influence the war more than the U.S.

    Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest art group. They became famous in 2012 after the performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior named "Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away". The band members were detained several times, and two of them were sentenced to two years in prison for a punk-style prayer.

    Pussy Riot stands up for women's rights, criticizes the dictatorship and promotes freedom of thought. Of course, they did not stand aside in 2022, when the war between Russia and Ukraine began.

    We spoke with Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina about her European tour, political art, and why she's been protesting against Putin regime for more than 10 years .

    If you enjoy Russian Resistance, please support our job.
    This podcast is produced by Paper Media — independent media from St. Petersburg. Our site was blocked by the Russian government because of reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war, but we continue telling the truth and engage in independent journalism.

    Credits:
    Producer — Veronika Volkova
    Editor-in-Chief — Svetlana Kiseleva
    Music production & mix engineering, website & illustrations — Paper Media

    This is our first project for an international audience, and we are quite nervous about it. Please share your feedback with our team: russianresistance@paperpaper.ru

    • 20 min
    How women became the face of Russian anti-war movement

    How women became the face of Russian anti-war movement

    Two days after the war has started, Russian feminists created a horizontal organization that has been in the forefront of anti-war protest for over 4 months now. Thousands of activists in 112 cities across the country engage in underground forms of resistance, organize help for the refugees and save those who face political repressions.

    How women became the true face of the anti-war movement in Russia? We’ll try to figure it out with Daria Serenko, Russian feminist poet and activist.

    Are you enjoying this podcast? Your support helps us share more stories.

    This podcast is produced by Paper Media — an independent media from St Petersburg. We’ve been reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war since the day it started. As a result, our website was blocked by the Russian government.

    You can support our team of independent journalists.
    This is our first project for international audience, and we are quite nervous about it. Please share your feedback with our team: russianresistance@paperpaper.ru

    Credits
    Editor-in-Chief — Svetlana Kiseleva
    Producer — Veronika Volkova
    Music production & mix engineering, website & illustrations by Paper Media

    • 21 min

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