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A podcast about the politics and the history of the eastern Europe - including, but not limited to the current state of Russia, politics of the EU, history of the USSR and the region in general

A podcast about the politics and the history of the eastern Europe - including, but not limited to the current state of Russia, politics of the EU, history of the USSR and the region in general
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A podcast about the politics and the history of the eastern Europe - including, but not limited to the current state of Russia, politics of the EU, history of the USSR and the region in general




Man of Steel 19 - Socialism in one country

Greetings, Comrades! This is the episode when millions die. For the first time but not the last one. Also Trotsky leaves the scene here. Have fun.


Sex in the USSR (18+)

Greetings, Comrades. I started this ep as a fun thing, about the weird sex-ed book from the Soviet Union. As it stands now, this episode is raw, brutal, sincere, explicit, ugly, offensive and just the story that needed to be told. Because it ended up being about how the whole regime oppressed people, how they tried to control and “normalize” the most intimate aspects of people’s lives and…how those lives were ruined. Also, this is seriously 18+ – I didn’t sugarcoat anything. I didn’t hide...


Special Report: The Boats in the Kerch

Greetings, Comrades! Once again, insanity happens. So, I bring to you the completely unedited (one take and not my good mic as am not home too) result of working in the middle of the night to inform you about the details of the boat incident in the Kerch strait. This will be followed up, but for now, here’s a gathering of literally everything that there is to know from eastern European media about this whole thing. Enjoy! And if you want to be in the know, join our discord. We talk with...


All there in the manual: KGB edition.

Greetings, Comrades! We got our hands on KGB instructional manuals, about what were their goals, how they were supposed to act and what and why did they do things that they did. But this is not a history episode. Sadly, this is a news episode, Think about it while you listen. And here are all the links that I promise on the show, starting with the awesome Transhumanist folks that we want to support: Paypal of the project: Bitcoin of the project:...


The curious case of Aijo Beness

Greetings, Comrades! In this special episode, dedicated to the Latvian 100th anniversary, I’d like to tell you the adventures of the migthy (and utterly insane) Latvian terrorist Aijo Beness. It makes sense at the end. Enjoy!


This was supposed to be news, but instead it’s the short history of the GRU

Greetings, Comrades! This was supposed to be a news episode, but instead I somehow did a whole thing about the GRU instead. It just came naturally. Also, I talk really fast in this one as…well, I didn’t originally intend to make a whole ep about this and it’s pretty long already. Enjoy! Oh, and also join our discord group. Here’s the link:


So I was in America…also Dan Carlin

Greetings, Comrades! So, I shipped out to Boston, and went on and had a speech in Harvard, walked the freedom trail in full and did a lot of fun and interesting things in the USA. Also, had a short spot-on interview with Our Lord and Master, Supreme Podcaster, Saint of All who use the Microphone, Dan Carlin. Which is in the end of the episode. Seriously tho, I really liked eagleland, and ths is my story about the experiences there, with the Dan Carlin interview in the end, which I did...


Man of Steel 18: Teatime discussions about Uncle Joe

Greetings, Comrades! This episode is a great discusson with Sebastian Major from podcast! He’s just done a great three part series on Stalin myths, which you all should go and listen to immediately. We talk about Uncle Joe, about how he’s portrayed, how he’s influenced history and how sometimes, the hardest part is admitting that it’s humans who’re the greatest villain, and not monsters. P.S. If you’re in the area, come to the Sound Education conference in...


Interesting times, Crimea edition

Greetings, Comrades! Sadly, the events that happen in these parts unfold so quickly, that I can’t really keep up with everything that I want to do, which would be more specials and Stalin series – but not like I can skip over the news either. Because from Riga, it looks like the world is about to fall apart. Also, on the good news: we have new podcast art! Coming soon, to our t-shirt store, and there will be prints as well! Signed prints! Enjoy!


Polar Bear Expedition

Greetings, Comrades! This episode is about a “small war”, and you’ll get to know exactly what that means. This episode isn’t fun. It’s horror and war from the first person perspective. This was hard for me to make, and I fully excpect it’ll be hard for you to listen. It should be that way.


Latvian election follow-up and protests in Ingushetia

Greetings, Comrades! In this episode, which I just had to make, we look back at what happened to Latvian elections, and also at the utter weirdness of Russian politics lately, including something that might cause some real problems – land trade between Chechnya and Ingushetia. Enjoy!


PDRP: Latvian Politics 101

Greetings, Comrades! Latvian elections are coming- and they’re among (if not the) craziest one’s we’ve ever had. So, when else would be a better time, to finally talk our own politics. For this episode, I interviewed one of the best Latvian journalists, Juris Kaža, and we tried to make some sense out of this whole sad mess. Mess that’s actually surprisingly important for the whole region, in these…quite interesting times. Enjoy!


Man of Steel 17: Of Cults, Books and Eliminating the Opposition

Greetings, Comrades! This time, we’re back to our Stalin series, and you get to hear our new editor’s voice too. This episode serves as a wrap-up and a move to a whole new era. Both for the show, and for Stalin – who, at this point, has destroyed the triumvirate, dealt with Trotsky, and…well has ran a massive campaign against illiteracy, which was amazing for him, because you know, when you’ve learned how to read and write using Stalinist propaganda…yeah, what could possibly go wrong there....


EXTRA: You’ll laugh, of course, but the last election was fake too…

Greetings, Comrades! This is a super-extra episode. Because I haven’t seen such weird things in ages, and it complements the last, full ep, nicely. For one, in this episode, I root for a genuine Communist. From the Russian Communist Party. Because he deserves that. I know, right? Anyhow, enjoy. Had to make this one, upon my journalistic honor.


Duelling Tourists

Greetings, Comrades! This time, we look at the ridiculous stuff that has happened in Russia lately. Duelling and tourists, visiting Solisbury spire. Which is 123 meters tall. And has the oldest working clock. Yeah, and they’re also totally NOT GRU agents. Enjoy!


Zaharchenko and Prisons

Greetings, Comrades! Due to the death of our favourite separatist, Alexander Zaharchenko in an explosion, I just had to make an episode about it. And then it quite smoothly turned into a gruesome explanation of the “Ponatiya” – the unwritten prison laws, and their harsh inner caste system and things you should and shouldn’t do if you get sentenced in Russia, Belarus or other places in the post-Soviet sphere. But yeah – warning, it does get VERY unsettling. Enjoy. I…hope?


Transhumanism, Latvian style

Greetings, Comrades! I was planning a civil defence episode, using that book I recently acquired…but it turned out to be actually very good and competent. Which probably will go into another episode, but it wasn’t fun enough for my birthday episode (turning 29 tomorrow) So, I grabbed the chairman of the Latvian Transhumanist Association, and we had a discussion about what transhumanism is, and a bunch of funny really hard science stories. Because Astronomy can be fun, comrades! Enjoy!


Roots in Theater

Greetings, Comrades! This episode is a fundraiser. Because I must visit you guys, and see how amazing the US is. And now I have the chance to do so, which I simply can’t miss. Also, this episode is a special one. About how the art people felt in the Soviet era, purely made from stories that I gathered from people working in the theater and opera. As I hadn’t had a people’s history show for a while, I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy this one!


Trade and Commerce Chamber

Greetings, Comrades! Today, you’ll get the promised interview with the chairman of the Latvian Chamber of Trade and Commerce…who also runs the largest private university in the Baltics. He cetainly has a very interesting perspective, especially about how business should be run. Enjoy!


Men who loved War

Greetings, Comrades! This episode is dedicated to my colleagues and great journalists – Orhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko. They were killed in Central African Republic, while investingating the actions of PWC Wagner there, and the reasons why the Russian merc group was there in the first place. Shoutout to Sam Davis from The Inward Empire podcast who edited this. In memoriam.