21: Why Ukraine Must Win (David Kramer)

Olga and Mo are joined again by David Kramer as they consider the wider security and humanitarian implications should Russia’s war of aggression continue and expand to other areas of the region, including Moldova, Transnistria, and Georgia. David J. Kramer is the Bradford M. Freeman managing director for global policy at the George W. Bush Institute and served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the George W. Bush administration.

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20: Russia’s failing military strategy (Alexander Vindman)

Olga and Mo are joined by retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman to discuss Ukraine as the defenders of democracy and Russia’s failing military strategy.

As a child, Vindman was born to Jewish parents in Ukraine (former Soviet Ukraine) before emigrating to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood. The former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council found himself at the center of a firestorm for his decision to report the infamous phone call that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. He was appointed as the Pritzker Military Foundation’s first Pritzker Military Fellow. His memoir “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” is a must read. https://twitter.com/AVindman 


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19: Will Putin go Nuclear? (Joe Cirincione)

Olga and Mo welcome on the pod a leading expert in nuclear conflict resolution, Joseph Cirincione. Most Americans have not thought much about doomsday weapons since the end of the Cold War, but now it’s time we all come to terms with the nuclear risks of Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Joseph Cirincione is a distinguished fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in Washington, D.C. He previously served for over 12 years as the president of the Ploughshares Fund with a focus on nuclear nonproliferation and conflict resolution. 



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18: The Threat to Russia’s NATO Neighbors (Daniel Fried)

Olga and Mo are joined by veteran diplomat and former ambassador of Poland, Daniel Fried, who currently serves as a distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council.  

In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As Special Assistant and NSC Senior Director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ambassador to Poland, and Assistant Secretary for Europe, he helped craft the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and, in parallel, NATO-Russia relations. Twitter: @AmbDanFried 

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17: Why the war is bigger than Putin (Karine Orlova)

What do Russians think about Putin’s war? Karine Orlova returns to Kremlin File to discuss the sentiment inside Russia against Putin’s latest war crimes campaign. 

Karine Orlova is a Russian journalist in exile, former contributing writer for The American Interest magazine, former correspondent for Echo of Moscow, which was cut off air and shut down after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. 



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16: Putin’s Purge (Andrei Soldatov)

Olga and Mo are joined by Andrei Soldatov, an investigative journalist and watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities. With Putin lashing out on the world stage and purging the ranks, Andrei shares his POV on Russia’s failure in Ukraine and who is to blame.

Andrei Soldatov is a Russian investigative journalist, co-founder of Agentura.ru, a watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities. He’s been covering security services and terrorism since 1999. He is co-author with Irina Borogan of The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB (PublicAffairs, 2010), The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries, and most recently, The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad. He is also a senior fellow at CEPA and contributes to the Moscow Times and various international publications.




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15: Governing during Wartime (Inna Sovsun, Ukraine MP)

Inna Sovsun joins Olga and Mo to discuss how she and other MPs and Ukrainian citizens are facing the realities of Russia’s assault and war crimes. Inna is a Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, and she shares a very personal account from a position of leadership in a country under siege. 

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14: Ukraine’s Scarred History (Andrea Chalupa)

Olga and Mo are joined by Andrea Chalupa – a journalist, filmmaker, and co-host of the excellent podcast GASLIT NATION.

Andrea is also a founder of DigitalMaidan, an online movement that made the Ukrainian protests the #1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide at a time when the mainstream media was obsessing over Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami. 




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13: Operation Cyber Front Z (Jack Bryan)

Olga and Mo are joined by Kremlin File producer Jack Bryan to detail how Russia’s recently launched disinformation troll farm is targeting Ukraine and their place in Russian Hybrid warfare.

For further reading, please check out co-host Olga Lautman’s substack article:


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12: Transatlantic Alliance Stands Up to Putin (Dr. Alina Polyakova)

Olga and Mo are joined by Dr. Alina Polyakova of CEPA to discuss how the Transatlantic Alliance is standing up to Putin’s brutal assault on Ukraine.

Dr. Polyakova heads up the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and is a recognized expert on transatlantic relations, European security, Russian foreign policy, digital authoritarianism, and populism in democracies.



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11: Russia’s Shifting Military Tactics (ret. Major General Paul Eaton)

Olga and Mo are joined by retired Major General Paul Eaton who discusses Russia’s shift in military tactics as they continue their assault on Ukraine. Russia is taking heavy military losses and are now targeting civilians.

Paul D. Eaton is the Director of VetVoiceFoundation and advisor to VoteVets.


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10: Ukraine’s War on Disinformation (Yevhen Fedchenko)

Olga and Mo are joined by Yevhen Fedchenko – a Ukrainian pioneer in combating disinformation and co-founder of StopFake.org. Since 2014, StopFake has debunked over 4,000 Russian fake videos and news stories, and his team trains people from all over the world on debunking disinformation and investigating influence campaigns. 



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8: Day 14 into Putin’s Brutal Assault on Ukraine

Olga and Mo assess the evolving landscape of Ukraine’s battle for survival in the face of Putin’s brutal campaign.  

Recommendations to send financial support:

Support for the War Effort:  https://bank.gov.ua/en/about/support-the-armed-forces

Support mental health with Lifeline Ukraine: https://lifelineukraine.com/en

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7: Dangers of Autocracy (w/ Ruth Ben-Ghiat)

Olga and Mo are joined by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, an NYU professor and scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders. Her articles are published in national and international media outlets with a column on CNN. Her latest book, “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present,” examines how illiberal leaders use corruption, violence, propaganda, and machismo to stay in power, and how resistance to them has unfolded over a century.

Ruth’s Lucid Substack: https://lucid.substack.com/p/welcome-to-lucid?s=r

Ruth’s website: https://ruthbenghiat.com/

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