Yellowing Paper: Russian Journalism, the New Proletarian Elite, and an Economy of Smugglers

November 4th, 2023 · 29 mins 13 secs

About this Episode

On this episode, we talk with Financial Times' Moscow bureau chief Max Seddon who speaks about his personal path to journalism in Putin's Russia, the state of the country's economic system, the political ineffectiveness of Russian oligarchs, and much more. Thanks for listening!

Max Seddon has been the FT's Moscow bureau chief since 2021 and leads coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He was previously a correspondent in the Moscow bureau, where he wrote about the tug-of-war over money and power between the Kremlin, Russian oligarchs, and state companies, as well as topics from the Orthodox Church to football. Before that, he covered Russia and Ukraine for BuzzFeed News and the Associated Press.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on October 24, 2023 via Zoom.

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Assistant EP/Host: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
Associate Producer: Sergio Glajar
Assistant Producer: Taylor Helmcamp
Production Assistant: Faith VanVleet
Production Assistant: Eliza Fisher
Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel
Supervising Producer: Nicholas Pierce
SlavX Editorial Director: Sam Parrish

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Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (@M_S_Daniel)

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