Departures Podcast with Peter Pomerantsev

I will be honest – I was personally very excited to have Peter Pomerantsev come on to the podcast for today’s episode. Not just because he’s extraordinarily well versed in modern day Russian politics and brings a distinctive, sharp critical voice to the almost unfathomable levels of crookery and corruption that characterizes that country’s government, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 12, 2020

Today in Russia: COVID-189 cases keep climbing but country emerges from lockdown anyway; $145 million in “prizes” to entice voters on July 1 referendum; Putin says “absolute majority” support his referendum keeping him in power; Norilsk mayor charged for handling of fuel spill disaster; Russia pushes hard for COVID-19 vaccine; Twitter purges tens of thousands of Russian and Chinese coordinated accounts; NATO recognizes Ukraine as “Enhanced Opportunities Partner”; Support for jailed journalist in Dagestan; 12 world leaders confirm attendance at Victory Day, mostly from CIS; Vedomosti staff offer replacement for controversial editor

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 10, 2020

Today in Russia: 8,404 new cases today as Russia plows ahead with reopening plans; Rogozin hurt by jokes after SpaceX success; EU again accuses Russia and China of COVID-19 misinformation; Lavrov fighting “harsh new Iranian sanctions”; Alcohol producers ask to freeze excise tax rate through 2022; Putin and Erdogan chat about Libya

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 9, 2020

Today in Russia: Moscow opens up; Crimea to open July 1 to tourists; Pandemic brings challenge to attempts to raise birth rate; BBC “edits” article about Putin’s daughter; Arkhangelsk says no to Moscow’s trash; Sberbank expects 4.2-4.5 percent contraction in GDP; Putin approves nomination of Rostov governor for third term; MH-17 trial resumes; Poland-Norway gas pipeline moving forward

Tundu Lissu Launches Campaign for President of Tanzania

This week the former opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu, who survived a violent assassination attempt just three years ago, has announced his bid to campaign for the presidency of the Republic of Tanzania. Mr. Lissu, who is a client of Amsterdam & Partners LLP, will contest against the incumbent Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) President John Magufuli, […]

Departures Podcast with Stephen Kinzer

In the aftermath of World War II, instead of prosecuting certain German and Japanese officials for various war crimes, the Central Intelligence Agency decided it would be more useful to recruit some of them into their own ranks, thus opening one of the most bizarre chapters in Cold War history under the agency’s director Allen […]