The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia
Good morning, listeners! We have a special two-part episode this week, as Richard Aldous speaks with two of the most prominent Russia hands in the business about their new books.
First, Michael McFaul, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and President Obama’s Russia adviser, joins to discuss From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia, his new account of his time in the Obama Administration and the trajectory of U.S.-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War. Tune in to hear McFaul’s reflections on the “reset” with Russia, his recollections of meeting with Vladimir Putin, and his assessment of the Trump Administration’s policy record on Russia so far.
Next, Richard speaks with Mark Galeotti, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, about The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia, his new book exploring the origins and influence of Russia’s organized criminal class, from the Stalin era to the present day.