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Russia List

I was in the middle of reading 'Opposing Forces' (below) when news broke of the death of Alexei Navalny. The shock of the news propelled me down a rabbit hole of Russian history and politics.


Opposing Forces: This book is styled as a conversation between former Polish freedom activist Adam Michnik and Navalny.

Sandworm: Utterly absorbing book about the Kremlin-linked unit responsible for some of the highest-profile cyberwarfare in recent times.


Navalny: An Oscar-winning documentary about the assassination attempt on Navalny's life.

Putin's Palace: I can no longer find the link on YouTube for the full documentary, but this investigation by Navalny's team analyzed claims that Vladmir Putin is the owner of a massive palace on the Black Sea.

Citizen K: Covers the life of controversial Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was imprisoned under Putin for alleged embezzlement, and is now an activist for democracy from abroad.

20 Days in Mariupol: Another Oscar-winning documentary, this time about the early days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


Patriots: A wonderful play about the life Boris Berezovsky, who, like Khodorkovsky, was a highly controversial oligarch.


Another Russia: A riveting podcast series about the life and death of anti-Putin politician Boris Nemtsov. Additionally fascinating since one of the hosts is Nemtsov's daughter.


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