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Transcript: Soviet Intelligence and African National Liberation

Partial transcript of an interview with Natalia Telepneva on Soviet and Czechoslovak intelligence in African national liberation movements.

Transcript: Photography in the Russian Literary Imagination

Partial transcript of my interview with Katherine Reischl on the intersection of photography and Russian literature.

Transcript: The Soviet Origins of Lamaze

Partial transcript with my interview with Paula Michaels on the Soviet origins of Lamaze.

Transcript: Russian Nationalism

Partial transcript of my interview with Marlene Laruelle on Russian nationalism.

Transcript: The Gulag at War

Partial transcript of my interview with Wilson Bell on his book Stalin’s Gulag at War: Forced Labor, Mass Death, and Soviet Victory in the Second World War.

Transcript: The Kazakh Famine

Partial transcript of my interview with Sarah Cameron on the Kazakh famine. 

Latest Podcast

The Evictors

Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.

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Local Perpetrators and the Holocaust in Ukraine

Guest: Jared McBride on the Holocaust, Soviet Secret Police Archives and Local Perpetrators in Western Ukraine.

Peering Under the Rug: Sources of Information about Russia

Guests: Mark Galeotti, Kevin Rothrock, and Maxim Trudolyubov on making sense of Russia.

Soviet Intelligence and African National Liberation

Guest: Natalia Telepneva on Soviet and Warsaw Pact intelligence services and African anti-colonial movements.

 

The Soviet Origins of Lamaze

Guest: Paula Michaels on Lamaze: An International History published by Oxford University Press.

Russian Nationalism

Guest: Marlene Laruelle on Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields, published by Routledge, and her edited collection Entangled Far Rights: A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the 20th Century, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The Gulag at War

Guest: Wilson Bell on Stalin’s Gulag at War: Forced Labor, Mass Death, and Soviet Victory in the Second World War published by the University of Toronto Press.

The Kazakh Famine

Guest: Sarah Cameron on The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan published by Cornell University Press.

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