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E15: Dumb Americans and Crazy Anti-Semites

11/30/2017
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Kevin commits Internet treason by criticizing his own country, moaning about Washington's inability to live up to its own word about FARA registration not interfering with media outlets' work. Then he moves on to moaning about the Russian Orthodox Church's weird obsession with an old and ugly conspiracy theory about Jews murdering the Romanovs in a “ritual killing.” How the U.S. says it treats ‘foreign agent’ journalists versus what it actually does...

Duration: 00:21:40


E14: Internet Sovereignty for BRICS and Raised Eyebrows for Bastrykin

11/28/2017
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Kevin's back and he's talking about four stories today: Russia's Security Council tells the government to develop a separate Internet for the BRICS https://meduza.io/en/news/2017/11/28/russia-s-security-council-tells-the-government-to-develop-a-separate-internet-for-the-brics The Russian Investigative Committee's ‘Jewish problem’ https://meduza.io/en/news/2017/11/29/the-russian-investigative-committee-s-jewish-problem Navalny's supporters accuse Ksenia Sobchak's campaign of inflating its...

Duration: 00:15:41


E13: Russians lose faith in U.S. journalism and RT registers under FARA

11/13/2017
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In this episode, Kevin reviews Oleg Kashin's recent op-ed savaging the Western media's coverage of RussiaGate stories, which he says has robbed the country's young political culture of a celestial constellation (deep, right??). Kevin also reviews the hilarity of Russia Today's foreign-agent registration documents in the U.S. Kashin's op-ed, in English https://meduza.io/en/feature/2017/11/13/the-day-russians-stopped-believing-the-western-media For more on RT's FARA docs...

Duration: 00:17:22


E12: Putin's Sandwich Buddy and Some Damn Good Reporting

11/4/2017
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After several weeks of silence, Kevin is back with a look at Evgeny Prigozhin, “Putin's favorite chef,” to talk troll factory, procurement deals, and American shortsightedness. He's also going to gab about two very fine pieces of original reporting — one very long, and the other not as much. For background about Mr. Prigozhin: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2016/06/13/evgeny-prigozhin-s-right-to-be-forgotten For a summary of Navalny's May 2017 research on Prigozhin's "cartel":...

Duration: 00:31:29


E11: Russia's Troll Factory

10/15/2017
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Today (Oct. 15), Kevin discuss an interview published hours ago with a former member of St. Petersburg's infamous Internet Research Agency. Read Meduza's summary of the interview in English here: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2017/10/15/an-ex-st-petersburg-troll-speaks-out Or read Dozhd's original text (in Russian, paywalled): https://tvrain.ru/teleshow/bremja_novostej/fabrika-447628/

Duration: 00:10:42


E10: Help Wanted in Grozny and American Sleeper Agents

10/13/2017
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Today (Oct. 13), Kevin talks about Russian Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin's prickly, revealing outburst at an academic conference. He also reviews a new Russian TV show all about American “sleeper agents” in Moscow. It's called “Sleepers” (not “The Russians”). Bastrykin's outburst https://meduza.io/en/news/2017/10/13/russia-s-investigative-committee-chief-seems-a-little-desperate-in-chechnya Meduza's review of “Sleepers”...

Duration: 00:16:02


E09: Who Watches the Watchmen? and ‘Foreign Agents’ Everywhere

10/11/2017
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Today (Oct. 11), Kevin looks at a developing scandal involving top officials from Roskomnadzor, Russia's federal censor, and the still-escalating “foreign agent” conflict in the U.S. and Russian news media. Russia's Justice Ministry threatens ‘special restrictions’ on the work of U.S. journalists https://meduza.io/en/feature/2017/10/11/russia-s-justice-ministry-threatens-special-restrictions-on-the-work-of-u-s-journalists

Duration: 00:16:08


E08: An Embarrassing Interview, Banning U.S. Media, Navalny Protests, and Russia's YouthArmy

10/7/2017
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Today (Oct. 6), Kevin talks about a ridiculous interview by the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman; rumors circulate that Moscow might ban American media outlets outright; Navalny plans nationwide protests on Oct. 7; and Meduza's new deep-dive report on “YouthArmy,” a “military-patriotic movement” created with support from the Defense Ministry. The Huntsman interview: https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/916252874622906371 Police vs. Navalny activists:...

Duration: 00:17:15


E07: Putin's Answer, Osetinskaya's Stanford Experiment, and Russia's Lousy Emmys

10/4/2017
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On today's episode (Oct. 4), Kevin talks about this Putin quote: “I still haven’t decided if I’ll run at all, let alone against whom I’ll run.” He also summarizes a new interview with Russian media star Elizaveta Osetinskaya, and looks at five fake stories reported by Russia's “best evening news program” and “best analytical review program.” The Osetinskaya interview: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2017/10/04/russia-is-trending-in-america-but-expertise-is-in-short-supply The TEFIs roundup:...

Duration: 00:15:41


E06: Jailed Navalny, Jilted Military Families, and a Robbed Mom

10/3/2017
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Today (Oct. 2), Kevin discusses three stories: Alexey Navalny's return to jail (and world headlines); a long report on how the Russian govt is saving money by denying compensation payments to dead soldiers' families; and how social workers in Yekaterinburg seized a woman's two adopted kids after her elective double mastectomy. How Alexey Navalny and his campaign manager landed in jail again for another 20 days...

Duration: 00:15:06


E05 — Banning RT and Hiring Robots to Parent

9/28/2017
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On today's episode of The Russia Guy(Sept. 28, 2017), Kevin talks about a new op-ed by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and a weird new “parental control” service offered by a Russian tech company specializing in big data. McFaul's op-ed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/09/28/enough-is-enough-how-to-stop-russias-cyber-interference/?utm_term=.ead20f0639ac Meduza's story on “Parental Control”:...

Duration: 00:11:24


Episode 04 — Russian Disinformation and CIA Rubber Duckies

9/26/2017
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In today's episode (recorded Sept. 26), Kevin discusses the “Straight Out of the Kremlin’s Toolkit: Strategies of State Actors” panel at the Atlantic Council's “StratComDC” conference, and a ridiculous defense by the city of Izhevsk against Alexey Navalny's presidential campaign.

Duration: 00:10:36


Episode 03

9/25/2017
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On today's episode, Kevin talks about a really gross crime story out of Krasnodar (involving cannibals and maybe the worst selfies ever), a film review of “Matilda” (Russia's most controversial movie in years), and the Russian government's weird, love-hate fascination with Telegram channels.

Duration: 00:13:39


Episode 02

9/22/2017
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Episode 2 of whatever this podcast is has arrived. Today, Sept. 22, Kevin “the Russia Guy” Rothrock discusses (1) Leonid Bershidsky's latest op-ed, this one addressing Russian Facebook ads' threat to democracy (or lack thereof), and (2) Alexey Navalny's campaign rally in Novosibirsk.

Duration: 00:11:47


Episode 01

9/20/2017
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A first pilot episode of a raw and potentially very stupid idea.

Duration: 00:13:13