The Naked Pravda

By Медуза / Meduza

Meduza’s first English-language podcast, The Naked Pravda highlights how our top reporting intersects with the wider research and expertise that exists about Russia. The broader context of Meduza’s in-depth, original journalism isn’t always clear, which is where this show comes in. Here you’ll hear from the world’s community of Russia experts, activists, and reporters about the issues at the heart of Meduza’s stories.

  1. 1.
    Under pressure: The evolving Belarusian opposition movement versus Lukashenko’s embattled regime
    42:35
  2. 2.
    Arms control treaties aren’t for friends: The difficult diplomacy of today’s U.S.-Russian negotiations
    27:19
  3. 3.
    Fighting the ‘crooks and thieves’: Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption politics
    40:04
  4. 4.
    Putin’s people: Money in the bank and a palace by the sea
    38:09
  5. 5.
    How Russia is ruled: Debt and vertical control across towns and industries
    27:29
  6. 6.
    Revisiting the poisoning of Vladimir Kara-Murza
    24:24
  7. 7.
    Follow the money: What monetary policy and banking say about Russian politics
    26:27
  8. 8.
    Maia Sandu’s win and what it means for Moldova
    48:23
  1. 9.
    Is it Putin or is it Russia? The causes of today’s bad vibes between Moscow and the West.
    39:35
  2. 10.
    The Nagorno-Karabakh truce: What to expect in the years that follow a bloody six-week war
    28:17
  3. 11.
    Keeping Up With Kyrgyzstan
    47:05
  4. 12.
    From Russia With Junk: Why the U.S. Trashed the Ventilators Shipped From Moscow
    19:34
  5. 13.
    The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
    39:09
  6. 14.
    Stephen Cohen’s legacy
    40:17
  7. 15.
    Belarusian propaganda: From courting the West to taking Russia’s cues
    21:27
  8. 16.
    Finding the poison: Dr. Marc-Michael Blum explains the analytical chemistry needed to identify nerve agents in patients
    26:08
  9. 17.
    For Russian eyes only: U.S. voter data, hackers, and the story that wasn’t
    21:41
  10. 18.
    Russia’s coronavirus vaccine: Assessing the risks and research behind ‘Sputnik V’
    30:18
  11. 19.
    Poisoned in Russia: Alexey Navalny fights for his life as a deadly trend catches up to the country’s top oppositionist
    15:44
  12. 20.
    The Belarusian Election: Three experts explain what to expect from the presidential vote and the real political battle that follows
    24:40
  13. 21.
    The Sino-Russian Propaganda Pact: How Moscow and Beijing bungled a media partnership meant to promote each other
    29:46
  14. 22.
    The FSO on the QT: The state of sociological work and opinion polling in Russia today
    24:25
  15. 23.
    Treason and Military Journalism in Russia: The arrest and prosecution of Ivan Safronov
    24:02
  16. 24.
    The Seventh Studio Case: What Kirill Serebrennikov means to Russia’s art world
    23:56
  17. 25.
    ‘Secondary Infektion’: Ben Nimmo explains how his investigative team helped to uncover a long-running Russian disinformation operation
    32:42
  18. 26.
    Nationalism and the Alt-Right: Another look at ‘Russian Lives Matter’
    52:25
  19. 27.
    Russian Lives Matter: How America’s new civil rights movement reverberates in Russia
    1:04:07
  20. 28.
    Moral calculus under Putin: Joshua Yaffa talks about his new book, ‘Between Two Fires’
    29:26
  21. 29.
    It's business time: Max Seddon dissects the controversy at ‘Vedomosti’ and reviews the nature of financial reporting in Russia today
    32:03
  22. 30.
    F**k the Pulitzer: A Russian investigative journalist says his team deserves recognition for breaking one of the stories that won ‘The New York Times’ its latest reporting award
    22:00
  23. 31.
    ‘Red Dawn’: What Hollywood's most outlandish Cold War movie says about Americans and Russians
    25:21
  24. 32.
    Pandemic Justice: How COVID-19 and coronavirus containment measures have exacerbated problems in Russia's courts and prisons
    32:20
  25. 33.
    ‘Russian Journalism's Newspeak’: How the Kremlin's euphemisms creep into reporting about disasters
    22:00
  26. 34.
    ‘The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad New Boss’: Editorial changes at ‘Vedomosti’ jeopardize one of Russia's best-respected business newspapers
    24:12
  27. 35.
    ‘Queer Science Fiction in Russian’: What space epics and tech dystopias tell us about post-Soviet minority activism
    32:01
  28. 36.
    ‘Russia's Chances Against Coronavirus’: Sizing up the country's healthcare capacity and social readiness for a pandemic
    25:02
  29. 37.
    ‘Constitutional Gymnastics’: Russia's strange initiative to keep Vladimir Putin in office for years to come
    25:53
  30. 38.
    ‘Russians in America’: Russian immigrants and visitors in the U.S. discuss the 2020 Democratic primaries
    27:02
  31. 39.
    ‘Starting WWII’: Today's war of words between Russia and Poland over the history of the late 1930s
    35:19
  32. 40.
    ‘Academic Freedom’: The fight over political activism inside Moscow's Higher School of Economics
    39:09
  33. 41.
    ‘RuNet Sovereignty’: How Russia is trying to isolate its Internet segment from the rest of the world, maybe
    27:04
  34. 42.
    ‘Conspiracy theories’: What Americans and Russians reveal about themselves in the stories they tell about each other
    37:01
  35. 43.
    ‘Executive power in Russia’: How we know what we know about Kremlin politics and what to expect from Putin's new Constitutional shakeup
    31:46
  36. 44.
    ‘Tabloids and an inferiority complex’: The business and political strategy behind the media's biased Russia coverage
    26:22
  37. 45.
    ‘The Information Nation’: Kremlin researchers and forensic journalists intersect at Russia’s black market for leaked personal data
    33:51
  38. 46.
    ‘Instead of her face, I saw a pizza’: How women in Russia are fighting back against sexual assault
    33:09
  39. 47.
    ‘The Naked Pravda’ premiere trailer: Meduza’s new English-language podcast
    1:19

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