In Moscow's Shadows

By Mark Galeotti

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Fisher23
 Dec 1, 2023
One of our top favourite podcasts. Delivered in a delightfully English wry style by a renowned expert in the field of all things Russian, especially politics. Highly recommended if you want up-to-date informed insights and analytically rigorous perspectives (unlike soc media) on what's likely going on in Russia. Political, economic and social - it's all there.


 Nov 26, 2023


 Dec 24, 2022

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Russia, behind the headlines as well as in the shadows. This podcast is the audio counterpart to Mark Galeotti's blog of the same name, a place where "one of the most informed and provocative voices on modern Russia", can talk about Russia historical and (more often) contemporary, discuss new books and research, and sometimes talk to other Russia-watchers.

If you'd like to keep the podcast coming and generally support my work, or want to ask questions or suggest topics for me to cover, do please contribute to my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/InMoscowsShadows

The podcast's corporate partner and sponsor is Conducttr, which provides software for innovative and immersive crisis exercises in hybrid warfare, counter-terrorism, civil affairs and similar situations.


Episode Date
In Moscow's Shadows 155: Putin's Shadow War on the West
Jul 13, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 154: What (if anything) does the Labour Party victory in the UK mean for Ukraine and Russia?
Jul 06, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 153: Geopolitics, Nepotism, Terror and Assassination... (all the nice things)
Jun 30, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 152: Prigozhin's Mutiny, One Year On
Jun 23, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 151: From Switzerland to SMERSH
Jun 16, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 150: An Unfunny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Jun 09, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 149: Dyumin, Deterrence and a Deputy
Jun 02, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 148: 'Purging' the Military; the politics of anti-corruption in a corrupt system
May 26, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 147: The Reshuffle, Or Change To Preserve Things As They Are
May 19, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 146: Britain and Russia, Eternal Frenemies
May 12, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 145: How Corruption Works Under Putin
May 05, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 144: Of Talks and Thugs
Apr 21, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 143: Of MICE and Man
Apr 14, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 142: Heresies and Revolutions
Apr 07, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 141: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll (kinda)
Mar 31, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 140: Terrorism and Totalitarianism
Mar 24, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 139: Why Even Sham Elections Can Matter
Mar 17, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 138: Gangster Geopolitics
Mar 09, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 137: They Pretend To Lead Us, We Pretend To Believe
Mar 02, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 136: Avenging Navalny
Feb 25, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 135: Navalny in the late Soviet Union
Feb 18, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 134: Kaliningrad still at the Crossroads
Feb 11, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 133: Books on Russia, Books on Ukraine
Feb 04, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 132: A View from the Provinces
Jan 28, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 131: European Strategy and Vorobyov's Prospects
Jan 21, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 130: Questions I Can't Answer
Jan 14, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 129: It's All About Putin's Eggs
Jan 07, 2024
In Moscow's Shadows 128: Politics, War and Lunacy - a look forward to 2024
Dec 29, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 127: When Napoleon was Nuked and Other Russian Conspiracy Theories
Dec 23, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 126: Truth and Tedium in Putin's Marathon Town Hall and the Russian Press
Dec 17, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 125: Putin's Coming Back! And So's the Cold War?
Dec 10, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 124: Putin's Performative Politics
Dec 03, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 123: Russia's 'Red-Brown' Leftists, and How I Became A Voice of the West
Nov 19, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 122: Taking on Conventional Wisdom About Putin
Nov 12, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 121: Making Sense of Makhachkala
Nov 04, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 120: Putin is Dead! (well, probably not)
Oct 29, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 119: Manifestos to the Left of me, Manifestos to the Right
Oct 22, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 118: Clueless in Gaza - Russia and the current Middle East crisis
Oct 14, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 117: Security Politics and the President Who Can't Change His Spots
Oct 08, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 116: Putin's "Forever War" (which isn't)
Oct 01, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 115: Kadyrov and the Conflict Entrepreneurs
Sep 24, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 114: Six of the Best (?)
Sep 10, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 113: And Goodnight Wagner?
Sep 03, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 112: Goodbye Prigozhin
Aug 27, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 111: A Nervous Kremlin and a Neglected Police Force
Aug 20, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 110: Why Navalny Doesn't Hate The Goat
Aug 12, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 109: A Tale of Two Last Wars, Afghanistan and Ukraine
Jul 26, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 108: Where Have All The Generals Gone?
Jul 16, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 107: Where Are We Now On Prigozhin's Mutiny?
Jul 09, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 106: The Spooky Side of Prigozhin's Mutiny
Jul 02, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 105: Prigozhin's Mutiny
Jun 25, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 104: Paranormal Putinism
Jun 20, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 103: The Rise of the Princeling Patrushev, the Grey Cardigan
Jun 11, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 102: The Wolf that Only Howls: the Chechens in Ukraine
Jun 04, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 101: Phoney Wars and Rising Stars
May 28, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 100: All the News That's Fit to Print (in Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
May 14, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 99: All Hail the Tsar? Why Putinism has suffered from becoming monarchical
May 07, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 98: Dogs of War (and Racoons)
Apr 29, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 97: Where Are They Now?
Apr 22, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 96: Of Leaks and Lengths
Apr 16, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 95: Tatarsky, Gershkovich, Patrushev and Guns
Apr 04, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 94: What do you do with a problem like Medvedev?
Mar 26, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 93: Oligarchs and Judges
Mar 19, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 92: Everyone's Got an Agenda: Hungary, China, Neo-Nazis, Kadyrov, Anime Fans...
Mar 05, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 91: Russian Fantasies - Putin's address to the nation and the lessons from Russian science fiction
Feb 11, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 90: A Murder in Donbas Evokes the 90s and Putin Cosplays the 40s
Feb 05, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 89: Tanks, the New Patriotic War and the Strelkov-Prigozhin Spat
Jan 29, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 88: Enter Gerasimov
Jan 12, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 87: War, Politics and Putin's New Year's Address
Jan 01, 2023
In Moscow's Shadows 86: Russian Rumours and Cognitive Biases
Dec 10, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 85: War and Peace (and how both are changing)
Dec 04, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 84: Putin the History (Abuse) Man
Nov 20, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 83: Putin's decision-making; and Russian organised crime after the invasion
Nov 13, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 82: What Prigozhin Wants, What Putin Believes, and Why Russia Might Create its own Bureau 39
Nov 06, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 81: A Sampling of the Latest News; and the Russo-Chinese Intelligence Relationship
Oct 30, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 80: Annexations, Mobilisations, Martial Law and More
Oct 22, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 79: Putin's Dilemmas, on and off the battlefield
Sep 16, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 78: Organised Labour in a Neoliberal and Authoritarian Russia
Sep 05, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 77: Gorbachev's Hope vs Putin's Victimhood, a short rumination
Sep 01, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 76: The Impotence of Power and Giving Liz Truss some options for Narrative Warfare
Aug 28, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 75: Shoigu and Power under Putinism-Patrushevism
Aug 15, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 74: Putinism-Patrushevism
Jul 31, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 73: From Liberal Politics to Boris Johnson's Departure, answers to more listener questions
Jul 17, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 72: A Tale of Two Colonels, Strelkov and Putin
Jul 10, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 71: Russia, Ukraine and beyond - another miscellany
Jul 02, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 70: A Miscellany - Being Banned, Putin and Lavrov Speak Out, Divisions in the Elite and Listeners' Questions
Jun 18, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 69: A Bargain-Basement Empire in the Offing, and Who Is Sergei Kirienko?
Jun 13, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 68: No, Russia isn't winning in Ukraine, and no, there's no coup imminent...
May 29, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 67: Why September is the Month to Watch, and 'Putin, Ukraine and the Revenge of History'
May 18, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 66: Silovik, Nuclear, Criminal and Religious - a Choice of Victories
May 01, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 65: Fabian Burkhardt on Russia's Elites, Coups and Rumours
Apr 22, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 64: Dvornikov, Mishustin, Scenarios and Traitors - more about Ukraine
Apr 16, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 63: Terrible Crimes, Terrible Rulers, Terrible Dilemmas
Apr 03, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 62: Ukraine: A New Strategy, An Absent Shoigu, An Angry National Guard and a Medieval Lithuanian Comparison
Mar 26, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 61: Ukraine: When Autocracy meets Technocracy - Putin's War, Info War, Spook War
Mar 12, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 60: Ukraine: Nuclear Options, National Morale, and How Kyiv Can Save Moscow
Feb 27, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 59: Imagining a Ukrainian peace deal
Feb 20, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 58: Ukrainian thoughts, welcome to stagnation, and more 2022 predictions
Feb 14, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 57: Who's Trapping Whom on Ukraine, and some 2022 Predictions for Russia
Jan 30, 2022
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas 2021-22 (6): A Christmas Scandal
Jan 28, 2022
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas: 24 December 2021: Dmitry Mironov
Jan 24, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 56: Jaw-Jaw so Far, not War-War (brief thoughts on the state of play)
Jan 22, 2022
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas 2021-22 (7): Russia’s Planet Business in 2022
Jan 12, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 55: Kazakhstan, through the Russian lens
Jan 09, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 54: Naughty or Nice? What 2022 May Hold For Russia's Rulers
Jan 01, 2022
In Moscow's Shadows 53: Trick or Treaties - Russia's proposals to 'resolve' the current crisis
Dec 19, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 52: Nightmares before Christmas? Ukraine and the Russian underworld
Dec 12, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 51: Ukraine, Prisons, Legitimacy and Lombards...
Nov 28, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 50: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus and Ukraine
Nov 21, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 49: Survivalism in Russia. And cheese.
Nov 14, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 48: What can you learn from Tula? On Russian provincial life and politics, Governor Dyumin, and busses
Oct 24, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 47: Postcards from Moscow
Oct 17, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 46: New 'Foreign Agent' restrictions and 'Hybrid Warfare'
Oct 02, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 45: Pretty much everything but the election: Lavrov's corruption, Team Navalny's strategy, Zapad-2021, Stories That Didn't Bark, and Shoigu's future
Sep 19, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 44: As above, so below - a prison riot in Kamchatka and a society looking to a sanitised past for hope
Sep 06, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 43: Poklonskaya, Ethnic Rumbles and Naryshkin's Claims to be Putin's Mate
Aug 29, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 42: Moscow's Afghan Worries, and the Trouble with Predictions
Aug 21, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 41: The Communist Party Embattled...And Occultism and Russian Politics
Aug 04, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 40: 'Mishustinism' and 'Kozakisation' - the adventures of technocrats in Moscow and the Donbas
Jul 27, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 39: Putin's latest article on Ukraine and his attempt to place himself on the right side of history
Jul 13, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 38: The topic I never thought I'd address: Sport
Jul 12, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 37: Direct Line and the Politics behind Politics; and Wars in Afghanistan Compared
Jul 03, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 36: Good News/Bad News: The Geneva Summit and Coronavirus on the Rise
Jun 18, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 35: Crackdown, Belarus, HMS Defender and the Putin-Biden Summit
Jun 12, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 34: Belarus, of course
May 27, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 33: The Russian Orthodox Church PLC; and No Country For Old Securocrats
May 23, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 32: Victory Day and Memory Politics, and the Kremlin in WW2
May 09, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 31: Navalny, Patrushev, Orban, and more [RELOADED]
May 01, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 30: The (Czech) Lion that Roared
Apr 18, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 29: Is Russia Declining, and Is Putin's Handsome?
Apr 13, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 28: The LDPR: Paralunatic Wing of United Russia
Apr 02, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 27: Men of Force and Forceful Language
Mar 24, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 26: Moscow's Marvels, and Mob Murder
Mar 14, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 25: Navalny in Prison
Feb 27, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 24: Scenarios for Russia after Navalny, and Dzerzhinsky vs Nevsky [reloaded]
Feb 21, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 23: Is Navalny the best thing that ever happened to Putinism? Russia's 'Stolypin moment'?
Feb 06, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 22: The Morning After A Hot Day in Russia
Jan 24, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 18 January 2021: What does the Kremlin do with Navalny?
Jan 18, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 21: The Federal Protection Service (FSO) and Russian security politics; and Three Stories About the Opposition
Jan 11, 2021
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas: 4 January: Kulikovo, 1380 to 2021
Jan 11, 2021
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas: 1 January: Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu
Jan 08, 2021
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas: 28 December: Directorate K and the FSB's dilemma
Jan 04, 2021
Twelve Days of Shadowy Christmas: 25 December: Afghan Christmas
Jan 01, 2021
In Moscow's Shadows 20: Spooks: more Navalny, will the FSB change tack, and did the SVR carry out a 'cyberattack'?
Dec 22, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 19: The Navalny Hit (after the Bellingcat/Insider report)
Dec 15, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 18: Life in the Communist Party? And Three Random Stories
Dec 06, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 24 November 2020: Konstantin Malofeev and his Tsargrad party - a potential threat to the Kremlin from the right?
Dec 01, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 17: Russian Gangsters; and Kadyrov and Captain America
Nov 22, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 16: The Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR): and Is Putin Ill? (Spoiler: Probably Not)
Nov 08, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 1 November 2020: Five Things Bugging Me in Western Russia Coverage
Nov 08, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 15: In conversation with Anna Arutunyan, on sanctions, calling Putin's bluff, and various bunches of guys
Oct 24, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 14: The Kremlin, Will and Empire; and, A Fistful of Books #1
Oct 10, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 29 September 2020: A Week in the life of Sergei Naryshkin
Oct 05, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 13: The GRU, and why is it so hard to leave Putin?
Sep 26, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 19 September 2020: Questioning Less about Navalny
Sep 19, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 12: Drift in Russian Politics and the Decay of the 'Hybrid Regime'; on Cheating, in dissertations, politics and the underworld
Sep 12, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 6 September 2020: Belarus's Strongmen
Sep 11, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 11: On Power and its perceived absence: the National Guard, the European Union
Aug 30, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 22 August 2020: #Navalny
Aug 29, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 19 August 2020: Belarus, Russia and the Information War
Aug 19, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 11 August 2020: Russia and Belarus
Aug 13, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 10: Russian Influence, Soft Power and Dark Power
Aug 08, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 9: Thrones of Bayonets (and hacking coronavirus research)
Jul 20, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 8: Serebrennikov, Miniakhmetov and Set' and the 'Three Russias'
Jul 05, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 7: Technocrats and Cultural Warriors, and Why I'd Vote No In the Constitutional Plebiscite
Jun 22, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 6: The Most Dangerous Man in Russia
Jun 14, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 7 June 2020: A Plot in Prague, The Murders That Weren't
Jun 14, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 5: Disinformation (and deep-cover spies and Libya)
Jun 02, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows Cellcast: 25 May 2020: Gangsters, SMEs and Covid economic policy
Jun 01, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 4: Vorontsov, Police Protests and Community Action (plus 'late Putinism', spooks and Western policy)
May 18, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 3: Victory Day, National Myths and Patron's Questions
May 09, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 2: Mishustin, Sechin, Institutional vs Personal Power
May 02, 2020
In Moscow's Shadows 1: Coronavirus, Sobyanin, Social Contracts and Big Len
Apr 25, 2020