Casablanca ’22

Hosts Alexander Chaihorsky and Regina Revazova are two refugees from Russia, belong to two generations, served in two armies, saw two wars. A scientist and a journalist, Putin’s classmate one who had to flee Russia because of Putin, watching the Ukrainian tragedy from the safe heaven of the United States.

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Episodes

Thursday Jul 21, 2022

Over the past five months the U.S. and its allies sent immeasurable amount of weapons to Ukraine. This includes artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, anti-tank weapons, armored vehicles, reconnaissance and attack drones, helicopters, small arms, ammunition and body armor. But it's time to measure the immeasurable: at least two Pentagon officials landed in Ukraine to do just that. We discussed what prompted this decision and why now.     

Wednesday Jun 29, 2022

Brussels Summit 2022: unified response from European leaders to Russia and the actions that followed: what can be behind it all?     

Thursday Jun 16, 2022

Varvara Parkhomenko has been working on and within armed conflict zones in Caucasus and Ukraine for 16 years tracking human rights violations, reporting for media outlets, searching for missing people and providing humanitarian relief.

Thursday Jun 09, 2022

Western allies of Ukraine predict a slow, bleeding warfare. Yet we may see signs of a complete opposite on the battleground. The deciding factor? Vladimir Putin's declining health. A haste and chaos in the highest echelons of Russia's government and military that preceded and overlapped the invasion of Ukraine point to just that. 

Thursday Jun 02, 2022

We're approaching 100th day of war in Ukraine. In this episode we talk about the significance of the signed into law "Ukrainian Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022," its meaning and history, some remarks at Davos meeting and an old Harley that paved Alex' path to freedom more than three decades ago.  

Wednesday May 04, 2022

Ramstein defense talks, why the meeting is pivotal and what's behind mysterious fires, explosions and infrastructure collapse in Russia 

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

The world from the eyes of ordinary Ukrainian citizens caught up in war and one intrinsic and very particular difference between Ukrainians and Russians that has been defining the past, the present and the future of these two countries. 

Thursday Apr 21, 2022

Chloe Arnold reported from Russia while it was possible. She watched the country go from new and struggling democracy to dictatorship. She is currently running grassroots efforts helping Ukrainian refugees at Tomaszow-Lubelski in Poland. She shared some of their stories with us. If you'd like to support Chloe's team at the border, feel free to donate right here.   

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About Regina Revazova:

Regina is from a small mining town in Siberia (Sakha Yakutia.) Among other media outlets, such as BBC and NPR, she worked for Kavkazskiy Uzel, which is affiliated with Memorial International, one of the oldest human rights organizations in Russia, currently closed. In her spare time she produces podcasts that matter. 

About Alexander Chaihorsky:

Alexander Chaihorsky was born in Tchelyabinsk-40, Russia, the first Soviet nuclear site. Graduated from St Petersburg State University, Dept. Of Geology. Alex divides his attention between geology, biotech and various applications of mathematics in natural sciences.

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