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E74: Maria Baronova on Leaving Russia's Opposition for ‘Russia Today’

4/11/2019
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Kevin's guest this week is Maria Baronova, a former opposition activist who now works for the state media network “Russia Today.” On this episode, Masha talks about her new job at “RT,” leaving the Russian opposition, and visiting the United States in the summer of 2018. Follow Baronova on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ponny1 Support this very podcast here: www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock Music: Ну погоди, episode 14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHd3sxpEbo&t=7s Олег Анофриев,...

Duration:00:41:52

E73: Olga Zeveleva on Life as a Sociologist and Journalism in Crimea and Kazan

4/8/2019
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Today’s show features an interview with Olga Zeveleva, a sociologist who recently earned her doctorate at the University of Cambridge. Olga works on mobility, migration, media, and political transformation. Her dissertation is titled “The State and the Journalist: Regional Crimean Media Professionals Adapting to Change, 2013-2017,” and she’s now doing fieldwork in Tatarstan as an Oxford Russia Fellow, adding Kazan as another case study to her research. On this episode of The Russia Guy, Olga...

Duration:00:45:50

E72: Alexey Kovalev on ‘Russians Always Knew There Was No Collusion’

3/31/2019
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Today’s show looks at a controversial new op-ed that appeared in The New York Times on Friday, March 29, 2019, titled “Russians Always Knew There Was No Collusion.” The subheader reads, “The Kremlin’s allies and its opponents alike have been baffled by America’s Russia obsession. Can we ever look at the U.S. the same way again?” Kevin speaks to the author of the text, Alexey Kovalev, the new investigations editor at Meduza and the author of many articles and op-eds in major news outlets,...

Duration:00:43:45

E71: Mike Eckel on Mikhail Lesin's Autopsy Files

3/16/2019
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On today’s show, Kevin spoke to Mike Eckel, one of the co-authors of an investigative report published earlier today by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The report is based on a 149-page file released exclusively to RFE/RL that offers what is described as “the most precise scientific description to date” about how Mikhail Lesin, the former Russian press minister, turned up dead in a Washington, D.C., hotel room in November 2015. Read the story here:...

Duration:00:24:33

E70: Polina Nemirovskaya on Human Rights Advocacy

3/4/2019
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Today's guest on The Russia Guy is human rights activist Polina Nemirovskaya, a project coordinator at the Open Russia movement. Polina discusses how her organization operates, what hurdles it faces from police and lawmakers, and what it takes to devote your life to those fighting political repression. Follow Polina on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/polinanem Learn more about Open Russia here: https://orpravo.org/ Support this very podcast here: www.patreon.com/kevinrothrock Music: Ну...

Duration:00:37:18

E69: Seva Gunitsky on Coming to America and Political Science

2/28/2019
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Today's guest is Seva Gunitsky, an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He researches how international forces like war and globalization shape democracy and domestic reforms. In this episode of The Russia Guy, we talked about growing up in the U.S. as a Russia immigrant, navigating American biases in Russia analysis, understanding the mafia as an economic response, and much more. Get a copy of Gunitsky's book, “ Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic...

Duration:00:37:35

E68: Aaron Schwartzbaum on Rosstat's Funny Numbers & Michael Calvey's Arrest

2/17/2019
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This episode's guest is Aaron Schwartzbaum, the founder of BMB Russia, an indispensable daily newsletter about Russian political economy. We discussed two recent scandals in Russian political economy: (1) Rosstat's claim that Russia's GDP growth in 2018 was the biggest in the past six years, and (2) the arrest of American investment manager Michael Calvey, who was jailed on Saturday, February 16, for allegedly stealing about 37 million dollars. Follow Aaron on Twitter here:...

Duration:00:24:45

E67: Roman Dobrokhotov on Russian Investigative Journalism

2/6/2019
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This episode features an interview with Roman Dobrokhotov, the editor in chief of The Insider, a Russian investigative news outlet that's collaborated on key projects with Bellingcat, breaking major news stories related to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury, England, and more. He talks about the evolution of Russian journalism in the Internet age and the opportunities of reporting in a paradoxically transparent authoritarian environment. Check...

Duration:00:28:49

E66: Matt Bodner on Space Reporting

1/22/2019
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If you ever read about Russia’s space program, you’ll likely recognize today’s guest: Matt Bodner joins the podcast to talk about his work as a journalist in Moscow. Matt’s reporting has appeared in The Moscow Times, Defense News, Space News Magazine, The Telegraph, and many other outlets. He was at the Vostochny Cosmodrome for a Soyuz rocket launch. So what are you going to hear about in this interview? Matt talked about how he got into reporting on Russia’s space program and its military,...

Duration:00:32:29

E65: Alexey Kovalev on Touring America

11/15/2018
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Today, we’re welcoming back Alexey Kovalev, the managing editor of Coda Story’s Russian-language edition and the brains behind the propaganda-busting website Noodle Remover. Alexey recently got back from a whirlwind tour of the United States, as a 2018 World Press Institute fellow. Kevin desperately wanted to know what he thought of his homeland, and Alexey was kind enough to come on the podcast and share his thoughts about America today. So what did they talk about in this interview? Alexey...

Duration:00:45:38

E64: Neil Hauer on Ingushetia's Protests

11/15/2018
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Today the show welcomes back Neil Hauer, a security analyst focused on Russia, the North Caucasus, and Syria. Neil was recently in Ingushetia, and he witnessed some of the protests against a controversial agreement to hand over nearly a tenth of the republic to Chechnya. So what did we talk about in this interview? Neil gave some background on Ingushetia’s territorial losses over the past century, explaining why the agreement with Chechnya today has touched such a nerve. He also explained...

Duration:00:33:06

E63: Paul Massaro and Rachel Bauman on Working at the U.S. Helsinki Commission

11/15/2018
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On today’s show, Kevin welcomes Paul Massaro and Rachel Bauman, two policy advisers at the U.S. Helsinki Commission. Paul works on economic and environmental issues, focusing on anti-corruption initiatives, sanctions, and more, all across the 57 states in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Rachel works specifically on Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the three Baltic states. So what did they talk about in this interview? They started out with what exactly the U.S. Helsinki...

Duration:00:53:52

E62: Alina Polyakova on Life as a D.C. Think Tanker

10/12/2018
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Today's guest is Alina Polyakova, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, an adjunct professor of European studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a specialist in far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy. Alina and Kevin discussed who’s to blame for Donald Trump’s election, how you take a sociology doctorate and become a Washington think tank expert, and what life is like in the hustle and bustle of the American capital. She explained why she didn’t really like Keith...

Duration:00:53:29

E61: David Klion

10/2/2018
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Today’s guest is David Klion, a writer in Brooklyn whose work has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Baffler, and many other publications. In mid-September, the website Coda published a story by David, titled “Russia, Hollywood’s Mirror,” where he examines Russia tropes in American movies over the past six centuries. Here’s the opening of the article: “If Russians didn’t exist, Hollywood would have to invent them. In a sense, Hollywood has.” So what did...

Duration:00:49:00

E60: Amie Ferris-Rotman

9/28/2018
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Today's guest is Amie Ferris-Rotman, the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post, and a veteran reporter on Russia, who’s previously worked for Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Vogue, The Atlantic, Politico, and Foreign Policy. She’s also covered Afghanistan, and she was awarded the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, where she developed and founded the “Sahar Speaks” project, which mentors and trains aspiring women journalists in Afghanistan. On September...

Duration:00:31:02

E59: Sean Guillory

9/26/2018
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Today's show features an interview with Sean Guillory, the scholar behind the popular Sean’s Russia Blog and the SRB Podcast, a weekly podcast on Eurasian politics, history, and culture. Sean is also the digital-scholarship curator in the Russian and East European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and he’s an occasional columnist at Jacobin Magazine, where he writes about Russian left-wing politics. In this interview, Kevin asks Sean what he makes of American Russophobia today...

Duration:00:49:47

E58: Mark Galeotti

9/18/2018
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Kevin continues his interview series with professionals in the field of Russia expertise. Today's guest is Dr. Mark Galeotti, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and the coordinator of its Center for European Security. Check out Dr. Galeotti's latest book: “The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia,” released this May by Yale University Press https://www.amazon.com/Vory-Russias-Super-Mafia/dp/0300186827 In this interview, Kevin asks Mark several big questions, like...

Duration:00:46:34

E57: Carl Schreck

9/11/2018
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On today’s show, Kevin continues his series of interviews with journalists working on Russia. This episode features Carl Schreck, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL and a veteran reporter who’s worked in Moscow, from the States, and from Prague, where he’s based now. Carl and Kevin talked about what makes good news stories, how you break into this field, what it’s like to cut your teeth on Russia’s crime beat, and much more. Follow Carl here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlschreck...

Duration:00:32:14

E56: Aric Toler on Zakharchenko's Death

9/5/2018
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On today’s show, Kevin welcomes back Aric Toler to learn more about the August 31 assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, the separatist leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, or DNR. What path led Zakharchenko to this grisly end, and who planted the bomb that killed him? An open-source intelligence expert at Bellingcat and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, Aric Toler follows eastern Ukraine’s separatists as closely as anybody. Follow Aric at Twitter:...

Duration:00:33:57

E55: Dustin Giebel

8/24/2018
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On this episode of The Russia Guy, Kevin talks to freelance writer and Russia watcher Dustin Giebel, who was recently the target of a defamatory blog post by a #resistance freedom fighter named Jay McKenzie. The screed was posted on Medium and promoted by information-warfare darlings like lobbyist Molly McKew and former CIA agent John Sipher — two public figures Giebel has criticized in the past. Geibel talked about life as a Russia watcher at a time when strangers are happy to pick apart...

Duration:00:13:45