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The other side of the cold war - talking about politics in the EU, history of the USSR and the Eastern European region in general. Mostly for Americans, who also happen to be history geeks. Also, we're all friends here, and have beer!

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The other side of the cold war - talking about politics in the EU, history of the USSR and the Eastern European region in general. Mostly for Americans, who also happen to be history geeks. Also, we're all friends here, and have beer!

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Russian STATE PROPAGANDA

By Rogan is Trash - Oct 31 2019
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This is horrible. State propaganda from the Kremlin for lemmings one the Free West. Awful. Take it down.

A gem

By aureus2900 - Jun 11 2019
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One of the best podcasts out there. Full stop.

iTunes Ratings

389 Ratings
Average Ratings
353
15
3
6
12

Russian STATE PROPAGANDA

By Rogan is Trash - Oct 31 2019
Read more
This is horrible. State propaganda from the Kremlin for lemmings one the Free West. Awful. Take it down.

A gem

By aureus2900 - Jun 11 2019
Read more
One of the best podcasts out there. Full stop.
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The Eastern Border

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The other side of the cold war - talking about politics in the EU, history of the USSR and the Eastern European region in general. Mostly for Americans, who also happen to be history geeks. Also, we're all friends here, and have beer!

Rank #1: Return to Chernobyl

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Greetings, Comrades! 

The 26th of April was the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. And since the last time we did the Chernobyl episode a few years ago, new documentation - namely KGB reports about the whole thing, have been declassified. And...well, they make one wonder, why it happened so late, and why it was the only one such tragedy of it's kind. So, in this episode, we revisit Chernobyl again, and look into this documentation. 

Enjoy!

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Apr 29 2019

54mins

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Rank #2: Trumping Russia

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Greetings, Comrades!

This week was a very busy one in the political sense, with the Trump and Putin meeting in Helsinki, and many of you on Facebook and Twiter had asked me to give my insights and opinions about the current events because of that. So…obviously, I complied. Now, this one might sound a bit rambly again, and goes off topic – but the sheer chaos of everything that has been going on, and the fact that we now, truly, do live in very interesting times, means that I had to condense a lot of information. Not particulary proud of this episode, frankly…but I hope it’ll provide you with a fresh look and maybe make you think about the recent events a bit deeper. Enjoy!

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Jul 22 2018

51mins

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Rank #3: Episode 10 – Chernobyl

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Greetings, Comrades!
We’ve had a rough February – and we didn’t manage to fix all of our errors in the previous podcasts, but…here we are nonetheless. This show was one of the hardest ever to make, and I really hope you’ll not only enjoy it, but will also take some time to understand the depth of the tragedy. Today’s picture is – Pripyat. Empty, irradiated and ghastly, it stands there to remind us of the evils of ignorance.

Please, support us on Patreon (or here) and leave us good ratings on iTunes. And check out Lesser Bonapartes and other Dark Myths shows!

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Feb 29 2016

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Rank #4: Man of Steel 1 - Stalin 101

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Greetings, Comrades!

In this episode, we discuss Stalin. ALL that is Stalin. Superman can take a rest...if he was real, and Stalin were the head of the USSR, Supes would end up in a GULAG. We're talking about a man, who almost killed his father, when he was 7. Intentionally. Also, he's endured almost everything. And yeah...this is the happiest episode of the series that I have to make about the person who's responsible for the genocide of my people. About one of the greatest men in history...and one of the most evil, bloodthirstiest men in history. Enjoy. Or not. It's more about me, telling the story this time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 11 2017

58mins

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Rank #5: Red Dawn 1 - Meet the Ulyanovs

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Greetings, Comrades!

This is our first episode in the Russian Revolution series, which we have dubbed "Red Dawn" as we enjoy bad cinematography. The episode itself is the story of Lenin's childhood, as we decided to split up his biography in two parts. I hope we can match Mike Duncan in quality and do this properly. As it's one of the murkiest things in Soviet history, to be honest. Anyways, enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 08 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #6: Red Dawn 6 - Chaos Undivided

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Greetings, Comrades!

Here we are, with the 6th part of our series on the Russian revolution. Creating this episode and explaining what was going on in this time period was about as difficult as explaining the thoughts of a sugar cube, slowly dissolving into a cup of coffee. I, personally, blame Trotsky. And Lenin. If you're not constantly asking "What? But...why?" as you're listening to this episode about everyone's war against everyone, ridiculous decrees and attempts to consolidate power, you're doing it wrong. Also, tragic story of Ukraine. With hetmans and warlords and everything. And no, this is not about a video game.

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Mar 19 2017

1hr 21mins

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Rank #7: Episode 2 – The Soviet Army

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Greetings, Tovarischi! This episode is about the Soviet army, it’s military might and the trials and tribulations of the common soldier – as heard from those very common soldiers. (And, of course, historical background and information on this as well.) Leave your comments below, and don’t forget to tell everyone about this podcast. 

Also, I recommend you to go and listen to the Naval History Podcast, by Buckner F. Melton jr. because that podcast really deserves more attention. You can do that here: http://navalhistorypodcast.com/

And to make the lawyers happy: The intro music is a fragment from “My Army” by the Red Army Choir, and the epilogue is from “She thinks herself immortal” by Jim Rooster, used under the Creative Commons licence.

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Jul 28 2015

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Rank #8: Man of Steel 14: The Machine

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Greetings, Comrades!

Sorry for the delays – we lost a recorded 3-hour interview, AND this episode was very research-intensive. But nonetheless, welcome to the true beginning of Stalin’s era in the Soviet Union. This episode is about the Soviet-Turkic subjugation of Georgia, in the background of which, Stalin had finally assembled his power base. And his machine had finally started running. Enjoy!

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Apr 23 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #9: Polar Bear Expedition

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Greetings, Comrades!

This episode is about a “small war”, and you’ll get to know exactly what that means. This episode isn’t fun. It’s horror and war from the first person perspective. This was hard for me to make, and I fully excpect it’ll be hard for you to listen. It should be that way.

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Oct 15 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #10: Zaharchenko and Prisons

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Greetings, Comrades!

Due to the death of our favourite separatist, Alexander Zaharchenko in an explosion, I just had to make an episode about it. And then it quite smoothly turned into a gruesome explanation of the “Ponatiya” – the unwritten prison laws, and their harsh inner caste system and things you should and shouldn’t do if you get sentenced in Russia, Belarus or other places in the post-Soviet sphere. But yeah – warning, it does get VERY unsettling.

Enjoy. I…hope?

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Sep 05 2018

59mins

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Rank #11: Red Dawn 2 - 1905

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Greetings, Comrades!

Today’s episode will be slightly different than planned, but nonetheless interesting! Today we’ll find out why Czar Nicholas II wasn’t as meek or neutral as people tend to portray him. In fact, Bolsheviks learned a lot from him. In the bad way. All in all, enjoy this, longer than usual episode, while we set the stage for even more Lenin. And go and listen to Inward Empire show in the mean time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 19 2017

1hr 46mins

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Rank #12: Anatomy of a collapse

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Greetings, Comrades!

In this episode, I look at the reasons why and how the Soviet union collapsed – and why it is especially important to look at these reasons today. Because things are brewing in Russia, to which there might not be easy answers.

Enjoy!

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Aug 30 2019

38mins

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Rank #13: Red Dawn 4 - Nicky is no more

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Greetings, Comrades! This episode is pretty bad. Like Nicky the 2nd's government. But we have to get over this one, to get to better episodes in the future. I apologize for inconvenience, but due to source overload, making this one felt like a real chore. All in all, we did our best. I hate dry facts, but...this is what we have. Then again...this is the same kind of nonsense, the citizens must've felt in Russia. I'll do better next time. When the events make more sense. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 17 2017

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Rank #14: Chernobyl: Series analysis

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Greetings, Comrades!

By popular demand, in this episode, we analyze what the awesome HBO series got right, what they got wrong, why the mistakes were made and does it impact the show in any meaningful way. Enjoy!

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Aug 27 2019

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Rank #15: Man of Steel 17: Of Cults, Books and Eliminating the Opposition

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Greetings, Comrades!

This time, we’re back to our Stalin series, and you get to hear our new editor’s voice too. This episode serves as a wrap-up and a move to a whole new era. Both for the show, and for Stalin – who, at this point, has destroyed the triumvirate, dealt with Trotsky, and…well has ran a massive campaign against illiteracy, which was amazing for him, because you know, when you’ve learned how to read and write using Stalinist propaganda…yeah, what could possibly go wrong there. Enjoy!

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Sep 24 2018

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Rank #16: Man of Steel 16 - The Triumvirate

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Greetings, Comrades!

This time, we’re back to history, And we’re looking at the final conflict of Lenin and Stalin, and how the whole system slowly turned into the pyramid of power that we’ve learned to know and love. Love in quotation marks, of course. Together with the constitution of 1924. Enjoy!

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Jul 31 2018

55mins

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Rank #17: Man of Steel 19 - Socialism in one country

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Greetings, Comrades! This is the episode when millions die. For the first time but not the last one. Also Trotsky leaves the scene here. Have fun.

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Dec 12 2018

56mins

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Rank #18: All there in the manual: KGB edition.

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Greetings, Comrades!

We got our hands on KGB instructional manuals, about what were their goals, how they were supposed to act and what and why did they do things that they did. But this is not a history episode. Sadly, this is a news episode, Think about it while you listen.


And here are all the links that I promise on the show, starting with the awesome Transhumanist folks that we want to support:


Paypal of the project: https://www.paypal.me/mindbound

Bitcoin of the project: 13XBRLQ8pQ89UQSEs6hJHu7cEX43RtV3iX

Bank acc: Arets Paeglis

IBAN: GB96REVO00997090790930

BIC: REVOGB21

Official Contact: latvia.transhumanism+info@gmail.com

Personal mail of their chairman: astronfo@gmail.com

Proof of them being an accepted chapter of World Transhumanist Association/Humanity+: https://humanityplus.org/get-involved-2/chapters-of-humanity/ (look for Latvia)

And of course, our own Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/TheEasternBorder

And our Discord channel:

https://discord.gg/kc433UD

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Nov 25 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #19: The Greatest - interview with Dan Carlin

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Greetings, Comrades!

We are honored to bring you The Greatest episode. Our humble show was visited by the Grandmaster of podcasting himself - Dan Carlin. We talked about Russian and Eastern European politics, role of new media in modern society, a bit about podcasting and then some Soviet history. It was a lot of fun, and I have to say that Dan's also a really kind and nice person. (Besides having the wisdom of ages, and reaching almost divine status in podcaster circles.) For an independent, Latvian podcast that started out in Hardcore History forums, it was very awesome to get his approval on what we're doing. And humbling. I truly hope you'll appreciate this interview, but even more so - that it'll make you reflect a bit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 12 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: Man of Steel 18: Teatime discussions about Uncle Joe

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Greetings, Comrades!

This episode is a great discusson with Sebastian Major from https://ourfakehistory.com/ podcast! He’s just done a great three part series on Stalin myths, which you all should go and listen to immediately. We talk about Uncle Joe, about how he’s portrayed, how he’s influenced history and how sometimes, the hardest part is admitting that it’s humans who’re the greatest villain, and not monsters.


P.S. If you’re in the area, come to the Sound Education conference in Harvard – https://www.soundeducation.fm/ I’ll be speaking there on 2nd of November, my speech is from 3.30PM to 4PM in the Divinity Hall, Divinity Chapel there!

Enjoy!

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Oct 29 2018

53mins

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