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Author: Медуза / Meduza

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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.
33 Episodes
“The Naked Pravda” speaks to Alexey Kovalev about his two most recent investigations into Belarusian propaganda: a decade-old PR campaign to ingratiate Alexander Lukashenko to the West and a collaboration now unfolding in Minsk with Russian journalists.
‘Meduza’ interviews biochemist Marc-Michael Blum about how analytical chemistry is able to identify nerve agents in patients and what the outlook is for Alexey Navalny’s recovery.
‘Meduza’ asks three analysts working on cyber-threats, digital diplomacy, and Russian politics about a controversial, misleading report published this week in ‘Kommersant’ about U.S. voter data shared on a hacker platform.
Meduza asks two American experts on healthcare and demography in Russia and Eurasia about “Sputnik V” — the coronavirus vaccine Moscow has approved for general distribution this fall.
Meduza reviews Alexey Navalny’s mysterious illness and looks back at some recent poisonings in Russia to get a sense of what he’s up against.
Meduza speaks to three experts on Belarusian politics about the August 9, 2020, presidential race and the geopolitical game Minsk is playing with Moscow.
Meduza asks a handful of regional and media politics experts how the Russian and Chinese state media work together, why this cooperation has stumbled, and how geopolitics plays into this relationship.
“The Naked Pravda” speaks to two sociologists about the Kremlin’s secret polling and the state of public opinion surveys in Russia today.
“The Naked Pravda” speaks to Human Rights Watch’s Rachel Denber and Harvard University’s Dmitry Gorenburg about the treatment of journalists and reporting on the military in Russia, following treason charges against Ivan Safronov.
“The Naked Pravda” takes a closer look at stage director Kirill Serebrennikov to try to understand what makes him so special in Russia’s art world.
“Graphika” head of investigations Ben Nimmo answers questions about new research exposing the long-running Russian information operation “Secondary Infektion,” a group allegedly responsible for forgeries, election interference, and virtual attacks.
This week’s show looks at Russian nationalism, activism in Russia against police brutality, and the American alt-right. We also return to the “Russian Lives Matter” movement.
Five guests in Russia and the United States discuss the nature of the Black Lives Matter movement and its significance around the world, including its relationship to a similarly named initiative against police brutality in Russia.
Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker's Moscow correspondent, talks to Meduza about his new book, “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia,” which offers a look at Putin’s Russia without focusing on Putin.
Host Kevin Rothrock reviews what we know about developments at the newspaper Vedomosti and speaks to Financial Times Moscow correspondent Max Seddon about the newsroom controversy and business journalism in Russia more broadly.
‘The New York Times’ has won another Pulitzer Prize for its Russia reporting, and once again Russian journalists say the U.S. newspaper failed to acknowledge their own groundbreaking investigative work.
In a world engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, “The Naked Pravda” travels back in time to the carefree 1980s, when Americans and Russians worried about simpler things like World War III, and Hollywood released “Red Dawn.”
How have coronavirus containment measures affected Russia's justice system? “The Naked Pravda” turns to two pairs of human rights activists and scholars, as well as the author of a Meduza investigative report.
As Russia confronts the global coronavirus pandemic, the role of euphemisms in news reporting takes on special importance. On today's show, two media experts explain how journalists in Russia and other countries take cues when writing about disasters.
To understand the significance of recent editorial troubles at Vedomosti, “The Naked Pravda” turns to Vedomosti editor-at-large Maxim Trudolyubov, who helped launched the publication more than 20 years ago.
Comments (3)

Olga Zilberbourg

insightful! thanks for unpacking the racism behind Russian Lives Matter

Jul 6th

Ilya Kashnitsky

The head of HSE PR doesn't speak English. And every student entering has to pass a toefl like exam. Facepalm!

Feb 17th

Marina Matveeva

While this was a valuable episode, the best thing Meduza could do for women is to forbid inappropriate behaviour in their own company. Their editor-in-chief harassed his employee's wife, got fired under public pressure but was quietly brought back to his position in less than a year. While this incident is obviously less horrific than the cases described in this episode, this certainly gives men the sense of impunity that causes domestic violence and shows Meduza's hypocricy.

Dec 4th
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