Russia List

News, newsletters and podcasts

Meduza – one of the best Russian/English-language resources of Russian news; make sure you subscribe to their newsletter and podcasts
The Moscow Times – another great English-language resource of Russian news with podcasts on politics, language and culture
Bear Market Brief – another essential newsletter and podcast focusing on Russia and the former USSR
In Moscow’s Shadows – blog and podcast by Mark Galeotti on Russia
OGs and OFZs – in-depth analysis of economic and fiscal news by Nick Birman-Trickett on
Sean’s Russia Blog – Sean Guillory about Russia yesterday, today, tomorrow, with a great weekly podcast
Eastern Radar – Fabrice Deprez collects the half-forgotten but important or interesting news from the broader region
The Russia Guy – Meduza editor Kevin Rothrock talks to people in Russia-focused journalism, academia and activism
The Bell – news and newsletter on Russia
Novaya Gazeta – Russia’s gutsiest independent daily with a weekly English-language newsletter and investigations (for more investigative reports see below)
Mediazona – news site focusing on law, law enforcement and the regions
RBC – well-executed economic and business analysis
Kommersant – the political independence of one of Russia’s leading business papers may have suffered, but it’s worth following them for economic analysis
Radio Echo Moskvy
Dozhd TV
Current Time – produced by RFE/RL and VOA; follow them for their live reports


Ridl Russia – leading experts on Russian issues
Institute of Modern Russia – collection of articles on Russia for the American public
Carnegie Moscow Center – in-depth analysis of Russian politics
VTimes – analysis and commentary by former Vedomosti writers – analysis from some of the leading voices in Russian journalism (paywalled)
Serious Telegram analysis: Tatyana Stanovaya and R.Politik; Ekaterina Schulmann; Max Trudolyubov

Former Yekaterinburg mayor Yevgeny Roizman’s Twitter replies – the most concise and spirited ‘analysis’ you’ll ever find.

Investigative journalism

Proekt Media – commentary and investigative reports
IStories – investigative reports
The Insider – investigations and analysis
Navalny’s YouTube channel

News and reports from the regions

Znak – news and reports with a regional focus, above all the Urals
Chernovik – Dagestan and the North Caucasus
Caucasian Knot – news and analysis from Southern Russia and the Caucasus – news from and about Siberia
Holod – in-depth reports and stories from Northern Russia
Fontanka – St. Petersburg
7×7 – news from Western and Northwestern Russia
Vesma – news from the Russian Far East
Siberian Times – English-language news from Siberia
Krym.Realii – Crimea under occupation, RFE/RL affiliated
Sever.Realii – Northern Russia, RFE/RL affiliated
Sibir.Realii – Siberia, RFE/RL affiliated

Telegram: (to be updated)

For people to follow on Twitter, Kevin Rothrock’s Russia list and Russian media list are good places to start.

Disclaimer: the above list is not exhaustive. I certainly forgot about people and publications worth following. If this angers, bothers or frustrates you, please leave a comment or DM me on Twitter.