Kremlin FIle: Week In Review

Join Mo and Olga as they recap the most impactful Russian-related news stories affecting Ukraine, Europe, and the United States. Delve into the headlines often overlooked, which shed light on Russia’s aggressions, intelligence activities, assassinations, espionage, and beyond.

Don’t miss out on the latest edition of Kremlin File’s Week in Review, airing every Saturday!

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2: Kremlin File meets Gaslit Nation

Kremlin File meets Gaslit Nation!

Olga and Mo are joined by journalist, filmmaker, and activist, Andrea Chalupa, who is also the host of the famed podcast, Gaslit Nation. Current affairs in Russia’s criminal war against Ukraine, developments in Russia, the U.S. congressional deadlock, and the ridiculous GOP electoral campaign are the issues Olga, Mo, and Andrea intertwine into a free and feisty conversation.

Hop over to Gaslit Nation’s latest episodes: https://www.gaslitnationpod.com/episodes-transcripts

We welcome quesitons and comments about the episode and any suggestions for future content. Please feel free to write to us at:

monique.camarra@gmail.com

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Our thanks to our producer: Oreste Camarra

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1: Catching Up on Ukraine with Maria Avdeeva

Olga and Mo catch up with Ukraine with Maria Avdeeva, expert in security issues and strategic communications.

Ukraine is fighting a war on various fronts, including every day governance and progressing towards accession to the EU. Maria talks about various aspects of civilian life, and the dire situation in the temporarily occupied territories.

Follow Maria on X: https://twitter.com/maria_avdv

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9: Ruslan Trad: Russia’s Black Sea Strategy, Wagner and Imperialism

Olga and Mo are joined by Ruslan Trad, a Resident Fellow for Security Research at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), who specialises in Eurasia, Syria, conflicts, hybrid warfare, and mercenary groups.

 

Russia’s war against Ukraine has many facets: the importance of the Black Sea and security in the region, the dark history of the Wagner irregular troops and how they are connected to the Russian Ministry of Defence, and other entities such as the Russian Orthodox Church as well.

 

Join us as we chat with Ruslan about these, Russian imperialism, and many other issues regarding hybrid warfare and its development over the course of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

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Follow Rusland on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruslantrad

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9: The New Age of Military Power- Russia & Ukraine- with Jahara ‘FRANKY’ Matisek

Olga & Mo are joined by Lt Col Jahara “FRANKY” Matisek to discuss the increasing and alarming utilization of asymmetric warfare by countries such as Russia, China, and Iran to destabilize Western democracies and key institutions, the transformation of warfare, Russia’s disinformation operations, and Ukraine’s ongoing counter-offensive.

Lt Col Jahara Matisek is a US Air Force Pilot who goes by his callsign “FRANKY” – he has a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and is currently a Military Professor at the US Naval War College. FRANKY has published over 90 articles on strategy, security assistance, and information warfare. FRANKY’s 2022 book, Old and New Battlespaces, identifies how adversaries attack the West in the Information Age and how everything is becoming weaponized as everyone becomes a combatant. FRANKY is also a Fellow with the Irregular Warfare Initiative.

Twitter: @JaharaMatisek

Website: https://usnwc.edu/Faculty-and-Departments/Directory/Jahara-Franky-Matisek

FRANKY’s work:

Shades of Gray Deterrence: Issues of Fighting in the Gray Zone

Ukraine’s Hidden Advantage: How European Trainers Have Transformed Kyiv’s Army and Changed the War

Old and New Battlespaces: Society, Military Power, and War

New: Listener Questions

If you have any questions or comments, please send them in as we’ll answer them every week on the podcast.

Write to us at: monique.camarra@gmail.com

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5: Ukraine, Putin’s Testing Ground

Olga and Mo are joined by Paul Niland and Daria Kaleniuk to continue their exploration of hybrid warfare. They discuss how Ukraine became the testing ground for Putin’s campaign against the west, only to emerge as the standard-bearer in the fight against corruption.  

Daria Kaleniuk is co-founder and executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, a powerful national organization that has shaped Ukraine’s anti-corruption legislation and efforts. Daria’s organization ensured that Ukraine’s newly elected parliament designed strong anti-corruption legislation, including the laws on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the special anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, High Anticorruption Court, open property registers and electronic asset declarations. Daria has also founded critical resources to track money laundering and corruption internationally, specifically first known public register of national politically exposed persons. She is co-founder of international Democracy in Action conference hold annually in Ukraine seeking solutions to global threats to democracy. 

Twitter: @dkaleniuk 

Facebook: @dkaleniuk

Site: antac.org.ua/en/ 

Democracy in Action conference: zerocc.org

Register of politically exposed persons: pep.org.ua

Paul Niland is a businessman, writer, and political commentator. His passion for Ukraine stems from his involvement in the revolutions of 2004/5 and 2013/4, and his writings about Ukraine are often focused on helping the international community better understand the reasons for and background behind the ongoing war in the Donbas, as well as Ukraine in general. Paul is the Founder at Lifeline Ukraine, the country’s first, national, professional, 24/7 suicide prevention and mental health support service. Initially, Lifeline Ukraine was established to address one of the most serious questions in Ukraine today, the heartbreaking suicide rate in Ukraine’s veterans community.

Twitter: @PaulNiland 

Website: lifelineukraine.com/ 

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Olga’s twitter: @OlgaNYC1211

Mo’s twitter: @MoniqueCamarra

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7: David McCloskey: Russian Operations in Syria and the US

Olga and Mo are joined by David McCloskey, former CIA analyst and expert on the Middle East, author of Damascus Station and Moscow X to talk about Assad’s regime in Syria, the protest movement there and how the Assad regime cracked down on the Syria population as well as Russia’s role and activities there. In the second half of the conversation, David talks about Russian spying in the US, and his take on Russia’s strategy in Ukraine and how to take on the influx of Russian spies on American soil.

David’s latest, Moscow X, is now available, and promises to be a fabulous read as it fits in well with our battle with Putin and his criminal regime.

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Bonus Episode with Nathalie Vogel: What is happening in German Intelligence?

In this special Bonus Episode, Olga and Mo talked with Nathalie Vogel, Research Fellow at IWP’s Centre for Intermarium Studies, about Russian active measures in Germany and how the BND is handling them. Nathalie also explained what challenges the BND and other Germany intelligence agencies face at home concerning intelligence gathering and bureaucratic issues that hamper their efforts.

Nathalie’s analysis is regularly cited in the international press. Please consult Kremlin File on Substack for the latest articles featuring Nathalie’s assessments, and follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/natvogel

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6: Nathalie Vogel: The Spies Inside- Russian networks and how they operate

Olga and Mo are joined by Nathalie Vogel–Research Fellow at the Institute of World Politics, at the Centre for Intermarium Studies–whose expertise regarding Russian networks is vital to understanding how they operate, who is involved, and what their strategic goals are.

In this episode, Nathalie takes us into the world of Russian recruitment methodology and strategy, and specific cases that illustrate how far Russia has penetrated our institutions and third sector.

Nathalie’s work has been cited across international media, such as VOA, and sector specific publications. You can reach out to her N@Vogel on Twitter (now X), and at:

The Centre for Intermarium Studies at IWP: https://www.iwp.edu/center-for-intermarium-studies/

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5: Julia Davis and the Russian Propaganda Machine

Olga and Mo speak with Julia Davis, a Russian propaganda specialist and the woman behind the Russian Media Monitor about the machinery behind Russian propaganda and how it is disseminated to audiences in Russia and the West. We get the low down on the current narratives and how they have changed from the past, and how Russian propagandists reacted to the Prigozhin saga and much much more.

Julia Davis: “It doesn’t matter whether you care about Russia or not. Russia cares about you.”

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4: Francis Farrell: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive

Olga and Mo take an indepth view of Ukraine’s counteroffensive with Francis Farrell, war reporter with The Kyiv Independent. We also touch on his investigation into Hungary’s role in the POW exchange scandal, and what to watch for in the next few months on the various fronts of the Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.

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Evelyn Farkas: The Geopolitical Implications of Russia’s War and Why Ukraine Must Win

Olga and Mo speak with Evelyn Farkas about the greater geopolitical implications of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and why sustained support for Ukraine’s defense is vital to the United States, all members of NATO, and the international community.

Evelyn Farkas served as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and is a foreign policy analyst. She is the current executive director of the McCain Institute.

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2: Russia’s War Machine: How Russia evades sanctions with Denys Hutyk

Since Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine, it has faced unprecedented sanctions. Yet Russia has been able to obtain western military components and tech at pre-invasion levels.

How is this possible? Which countries are assisting Russia in obtaining tech and parts, and what are the routes for this trade? More importantly, what can we do about it?

These are the questions Olga and Monique tackle with Denys Hutyk in this week’s episode of Kremlin File. 

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