34:21 | Mar 9th, 2014
The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history. Learn how this happened from an innocent beginning to its conclusion in 1906.
50:18 | Oct 27th, 2013
The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?
23:34 | Apr 3rd, 2013
Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things. Along the way he begins to make numerous enemies as he tries to reform the corrupt nomenklatura culture of the communist party
32:44 | Oct 2nd, 2012
The Primary Chronicles is the main writings that allow us to gain insight as to the lives of early Russia. Today's podcast covers the founding of the city of Kiev, the arrival of Rurik, Igor's death and Olga's revenge.
05:01 | Jun 30th, 2011
Mikhail Speransky was a brilliant man who saw how bad things truly were in Russia in the early 19th century. This short episode is a reading from a memorandum he wrote.
14:17 | Jun 12th, 2011
Serfdom enslaved 90% of the Russian population which represented 54 million people by the time Alexander I took the throne. Today's episode looks at historical evidence of the plight of these people.
19:02 | Feb 27th, 2011
Peter the Great is dead and his successor Catherine I died only 2 years later. Anna was followed by Peter II and Ivan VI who was overthrown by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth.
14:29 | Dec 10th, 2010
Peter has shed himself of Sophia but yearns to be with the foreigners and party the night away. His group is known as the Jolly band and is well-known for their all night partying.
16:08 | Nov 16th, 2010
From A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg, we recount the issue of religion and the schism in Muscovite Russia. I heartily recommend the 8th edition of this monumental work
16:37 | May 7th, 2010
Vladimir the Great, the man who helped convert his nation to Christianity and Sviatopolk the Accursed who caused a civil war after Vladimir's death are discussed.
24:44 | Apr 30th, 2010
Who are the Russians? In this episode we talk about the early peoples who inhabited this vast land. Also we recount the stories of the founding of the rulers of Kiev, starting with the legendary Rurik.