A Memoir of Misadventures in Moscow


Michael Idov is an award winning journalist, novelist and screenwriter. From 2006 to 2012 he was a contributing editor at New York magazine where he won three National Magazine Awards for his journalism. From 2012 to 2014 he edited GQ Russia. He’s the author of Ground Up published in 2002. His new book is Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin’s Moscow published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.


Pavement, “Trigger Cut / Wounded Kite at: 17,” Slanted and Enchanted, 1992.


Guest: Chris Miller on Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia published by the University of North Carolina Press.


Russia’s Long Hangover

Guest: Shaun Walker on The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past published by Oxford University Press.


Old Age and Claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia

Evgenia Kovda on her film Podrugi (Girlfriends), a tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia.

The Materiality of Russian Oil

I review Doug Rogers’ deconstruction of oil—not to uncover its relations of production—to trace the dispersion of its value in shaping the post-Soviet province of Perm.

The Politics of Russia’s Apartment Demolition

Guest: Maxim Trudolubov on Moscow’s apartment demolition plans.

SRB on This is Hell!

A This is Hell! interview with your humble host.


Navalny and the Left

A response to the responses to the Navalny question and the Russian Left.

Protest in Putin’s Russia

Guest: Mischa Gabowitsch on Protest in Putin’s Russia.

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