2: Yuri Felshtinsky, KGB Nation

Olga and Mo are joined by one of Putin’s Most Wanted, Yuri Felshtinsky, who co-authored the book “Blowing Up Russia” with Alexander Litvinenko – the former Lieutenant Colonel in the FSB who was poisoned with radioactive polonium in London in 2006. Yuri peels back the layers of Putin and the Russian Secret Service, exposing the nature of the KGB and their campaign to defeat the democratic world. But first, Olga and Mo discuss the current situation unfolding in Belarus, with Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya forced to seek asylum in Poland, and the murder of dissident Vitaly Shishov in Ukraine.

Yuri Felshtinsky

Yuri Felshtinsky is a Russian historian and author born in Moscow and now living in the United States. In the late 90’s, Yuri became acquainted with Alexander Litnvinenko, a Lieutenant Colonel of the FSB who had cut his ties with the establishment for which he had worked for over twenty years. In 2000, Felshtinsky and Litvinenko began collaborating on a book detailing the FSB’s involvement in the Russian Apartment Building Bombings from 1994-1999, which led up to Litvenenko’s assassination in London in November 2006. The book they co-authored, “Blowing Up Russia,” was ultimately banned in Russia but published in twenty different countries and made into a documentary film. Felshtinsky’s latest publications include “The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin” (2008); “The KGB Plays Chess” (2010); “Lenin and His Comrades” (2010).