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The Bear Market Brief podcast explores politics, economics, and their intersection in Russia, Ukraine, and the post-Soviet space. Subscribe here

About the Host:

Aaron Schwartzbaum

Aaron Schwartzbaum is a Fellow  in the FPRI Eurasia Program, and is founder of the FPRI’s BMB Russia. He now works with the BMB team as an advisor and columnist. Aaron received an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in International Political Economy and International Economics. Prior to starting at SAIS, he worked at Eurasia Group as a researcher for the Eurasia and Global Macro practices. Aaron holds a BA in International Relations and Russian from Haverford College, and has completed the Overseas Language Flagship program in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


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Double Crisis Double Feature

With Kyrgyzstan and Nagorno Karabakh in crisis, Colleen Wood and Jeff Mankoff join to help us break down both. Subscribe to the BMB podcast on iTunes Click here to subscribe to BMB Russia & Ukraine...

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Toxic Effect

In light of Alexey Navalny’s recent poisoning, Katrina Keegan interviewed human rights activist Vladimir Kara-Murza about his experiences being poisoned in Moscow in 2015 and 2017. Click here to subscribe to BMB Russia & Ukraine...

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The Emperor’s New Road

This week BMB Editor Stephanie Petrella and Eurasia Program Director Chris Miller chat with Jonathan Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), about his new book The Emperor’s New Road:...

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Return of the Macro

So how do we actually *do* political risk? Former EIC of BMB Russia Nick Trickett drops by to talk risk, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Russia after COVID. Click here to subscribe to BMB Russia & Ukraine...

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Ukraine is Game to You?

BMB Ukraine editors Fabrice Deprez and Eilish Hart drop by to tackle how Zelensky is doing, what is going on at Ukraine’s embattled anti-corruption agency, and more!  Be sure to subscribe to BMB Russia & Ukraine here...

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Politics for Profit

In this week’s episode, Chris and Stephanie speak with David Szakonyi about his new book “Politics for Profit: Business, Elections, and Policymaking in Russia” which explores why Russian business people choose to leave the private sector, why they contest...

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Krai and Punishment

  What’s eating Khabarovsk Krai? Kirill Shamiev helps us explore mass protest after the arrest of its governor on suspiciously timed murder charges....

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The Fiscal Fortress

   FPRI Eurasia Director Chris Miller talks with BMB Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Petrella about COVID in Russia, the government’s economic priorities, and the protests in Khabarovsk....

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Popular/Populist: Is Putin a Populist?

  Brian Taylor joins for the conclusion of the Popular/Populist series. We evaluate what populism even means, and whether Putin fits into the category. Listen to part 1 of this series here...

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Popular/Populist: Is Putin Popular?

Yana Govokhovskaia joins for the first part of a two part series where we tackle a key question: is Putin popular? And what does popularity even mean in the Russian political context? ...

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