Chasing the Shadow State

Chasing the Shadow State
Russian soldiers, with Russian flag, are seen on armored vehicle as they enter the base at the Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates, which the US troops’ withdrew from, located 90 kilometres east of Aleppo on November 18, 2019 / Bekir Kasim / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
It’s a great, great country, just tragically misruled by a small clique, who are irredeemably stuck in the Cold War, and refighting it—this time determined to win.

Veteran foreign correspondent Luke Harding has reported from all over the world, but there’s one subject he keeps returning to: Russia. His latest book, “Shadow State,” offers a glimpse into the country’s ruthless intelligence services.

In this podcast, he speaks to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about how he uncovered their activities, from social media trolling campaigns to mercenary black ops in Syria and Sudan. They discuss the challenges of reporting on such a secretive world — and the heroism of the Russian citizens working to expose it.

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