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Matryoshka of Lies. Episode 3: Infiltration feat. Rory Finnin, Vitaly Chernetsky, Natalia Antelava and Romeo Kokriatski

Friday, 5 July 2024, 14:57

This episode of Matryoshka of Lies exposes the brutal reality of Russian colonialism in Crimea (Qirim) and Georgia (Sakartvelo) and explores how Western academia, influenced by Russian narratives, has failed to recognize it. We delve into the reasons behind this blind spot, including the power imbalances in academia and the weaponization of disinformation.


  • Dr. Rory Finnin, Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky, President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Natalia Antelava, Georgian journalist and founder of Coda Story
  • Romeo Kokriatski, Ukrainian journalist and Managing Editor at New Voice Ukraine

Dive into "Matryoshka of Lies" with Maksym Eristavi, author of the illustrated guidebook "Russian Colonialism 101", and Ukrainska Pravda. Unveil the hidden truths and discover the power of untold indigenous stories.
This show is written by Yev Kopiika, produced by Alina Poliakova, mixed and sound design by Anastasiia Fedoskina, co-produced and narrated by Maksym Eristavi.

This podcast was recorded during the BOOST phase of Stars4Media Project.

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Matryoshka of Lies

Ukraine's not the first. Russia's colonial grip has choked nations for centuries. Gaslighting, invading, erasing. But this time, the world is watching.

Dive into "Matryoshka of Lies" with Maksym Eristavi, a Ukrainian author, and Ukrainska Pravda. Unpack the myths, expose the truth. The empire will fall.