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Expert Opinions - Russia, Eurasia

A podcast from the Harriman Institute and

Masha Udensiva-Brenner interviews experts about political and cultural developments in Russia and Eurasia.

Podcast | Expert Opinions: Navalny, Transparency, and Political Repression in Russia
March 26, 2021

In the latest episode of Expert Opinions, our podcast with EurasianetMasha Udensiva-Brenner interviews Matthew Murray (Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs) about recently-imprisoned Russian opposition leader and political activist Alexei Navalny and his transparency efforts in Russia. Murray started doing business in St. Petersburg in 1991 and became involved in business ethics and anticorruption efforts there. He got to know Navalny personally in the mid aughts, and also knows Sergei Kolosenikov, the whistleblower featured in Navalny’s recent video exposing Vladimir Putin’s alleged scheme to build a lavish palace on the Black Sea with Russian taxpayer money.


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