Putin’s People with Catherine Belton

Intelligence Squared | 7 July 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Belton about her book Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West. Argues that the techniques of front companies, money laundering and links with illegal business and organised crime that he practised working for the KGB in East Germany are the same techniques he uses today to concentrate his power and interfere in Western countries.

Sören Urbansky – Beyond the Steppe Frontier

New Books Network | 8 September 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Sören Urbansky about his book Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border. Discusses the border’s formation over 300 years and shows how the inter-state boundary took shape as a result of actions by local people, whose lives have in turn been transformed by existence next to a geopolitical faultline.

Ivan the Terrible

SRB Podcast | 30 December 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Halperin about his book Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish. Backgrounds Ivan’s reign; the oprichnina, his state-within-a-state; and his use of mass terror. Argues for interpreting Ivan as at least partly a function of his context rather than glibly blaming insanity.

The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

Europe – Audio | 8 January 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion with Thane Gustafson about his book The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe. Backgrounds the gas revolution in Europe and the outlook for Russia’s relationship with Europe given future decarbonisation, liquified natural gas, and a gas pipeline to China,

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia

Conversations with Tyler | 15 August 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Masha Gessen who has dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country. Covers why Soviet mathematics was so good, Putin, the intensity of Russian friendship, strong Russian women, Russian politics, and more.

Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.