The Greater (Dysfunctional) Western Family with Leonid Ragozin

September 29th, 2020 · 36 mins

About this Episode

On this episode, former BBC journalist Leonid Ragozin joins Tom from Latvia to discuss the perception of Russia in the West, the origins of Western xenophobia towards Russia, his view of Vladimir Putin in 2000, and his experience working as an independent journalist on the investigations of high profile figures murdered in Ukraine. We hope you enjoy!

Leonid is a Russian journalist who worked for 12 years with the BBC in Moscow. He is a widely acknowledged expert on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Previously he was a correspondent for Newsweek. He now writes for The New Republic, Politico, Bloomberg, News Week, The Guardian and Al Jazeera and Morgenbladet. He is also co-author of the Lonely Planet Guides to Moscow and Ukraine. Additionally, he works on the investigation of Pavel Sheremet with Radio Free Europe-funded Ukrainian media outlet Zaborona.

Here are links to a selection of Ragozin's excellent articles:
1) Articles for Bloomberg
2) Articles for Al Jazeera
3) Articles for Kyiv Post
4) Articles for The Guardian

Follow Leonid on Twitter: @leonidragozin

NOTE: This episode was recorded on Friday, September 25th, 2020 via Skype.

Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect:
Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
Assistant Producer: Milena D-K
Assistant Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel

Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper, Michelle Daniel, Ketsa, Soularflair, and Blue Dot Sessions) Additional clips of Vladimir Putin's speech on December 31, 1999, coverage of car bombing in Kyiv from RFE/RL, and Yeltsin endorsement of Putin while delivering his vote taken from YouTube.

Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: Instagram: @michelledaniel86)

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