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The Russian campaign to meddle in the 2016 US Election was only part of President Vladimir Putin's big plan. Season 3 of Russia, If You're Listening looks at where the scheme to destroy western democracies began, the damage it's done, and where it might end.
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German leader Angela Merkel was the most powerful woman in the world.Which is why Putin was determined to take her down.His campaign started by playing on her famous fear of dogs... and ended with the biggest migrant crisis the world had seen.
S03 #3 - How to spin a war

S03 #3 - How to spin a war

2019-11-0300:21:173

When is an invasion not an invasion? When Putin's propaganda machine is involved, sowing false narratives, confusion and fear. From Putin's motorcycle gang to his 'little green men' and his hip-hop loving head of misinformation, Russia tried everything to convince the West it wasn't invading Ukraine.The propaganda push worked - sort of, and tells us a lot about the misinformation Russia has gone on to do in the West.
Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power declaring he would kill his terrorist enemies, even if they were in the toilet at the time.His transition from spymaster to President came in the midst of apartment bombings, and brutal crackdowns on those he held responsible.He learned that having an enemy to fight makes you a popular leader.The turbulent first years of his Presidency tell us a lot about why he has picked a fight with the West.
The residents of the sleepy English town of Salisbury woke up one morning to find their town in chaos. Russian agents had attempted to assassinate a traitor with a terrifying weapon, in a brazen chemical attack on British soil. But the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal is only one step in a series of events which began five years ago and may help bring about Brexit, and the impeachment of a US President.Season 3 of Russia, If You're Listening begins in Salisbury, to tell the whole story of Russian President Vladimir Putin's 5-year attack on the western world.
The Russian campaign to meddle in the 2016 US Election was only part of President Vladimir Putin's big plan.Season 3 of Russia, If You're Listening looks at where the scheme to destroy western democracies began, the damage it's done, and where it might end.
It's the meeting at a fancy wine bar in London that sparked the Mueller investigation.Some say it was a boozy, alcohol-fuelled drinking session where a clever spy tricked a Trump official into divulging information about Russia.Others say it was a brief encounter where a Trump official naively blurted something to a senior diplomat.So what is the truth?For the first time, both people at the meeting - George Papadopoulos and Alexander Downer - reveal what really happened that night.Here's one spoiler: they agree they both had a gin and tonic.So pull up a chair and grab a drink, because this story gets weird.
Six weeks after the Mueller Report, the Democrats in Congress have declared that the US is in a full-blown Constitutional crisis.President Trump is doing everything he can to prevent further investigation of his campaign and presidency. He's announced he will defy all subpoenas from the Democrat controlled House of Representatives.The Democrats are now openly talking about arresting Trump cabinet officials and locking them in the Capitol basement.But when this battle hits the court system who will have the upper hand?This week, we take a break from the story of the Mueller Report, to look at the chaos enveloping Washington D.C.
Robert Mueller has investigated the relationship between former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.Deripaska is an aluminium tycoon with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Manafort tried to funnel secret insider information about the Trump election strategy to him.Was that information then used by Russia to influence the election?The story behind the last remaining collusion question.
Lawyer Don McGahn was on the Trump train from the beginning.But the dream job of White House Counsel quickly turned into a nightmare, as he slowly fell out of favour with the President.Then one night McGahn was forced to make a choice of historic proportions: help Trump potentially commit a crime or resign.McGahn has found himself the centre of attention, as his testimony to Robert Mueller implicates the President in possible obstruction of justice.
The Mueller report is out. All 400 plus pages of it.If you haven't had time over Easter to read it, we're here to help.Robert Mueller found no evidence that Trump or anyone in his campaign conspired to collude with Russia. But, there are now huge questions about whether the President obstructed justice in his attempts to shut down the investigation.So what are the best bits in the report? What’s new? And is it really a complete exoneration for Donald Trump?We also answer some of your questions!
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J Coker

must be tough for the leftie us haters. to find Russia is no better

Nov 11th
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Erik Steen

Brilliant as always!

Nov 4th
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Paul Mathrick

Love this podcast, so well produced, professional and above all, entertaining. Does Matt Bevan have the best voice for radio? Bravo and thank you!

Oct 29th
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Erik Steen

Welcome back! These podcasts are just so well done.

Oct 21st
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William H Bailey

Alexander Downer is a liar. There's more to him than you will ever know.

Jun 1st
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Annette Tom

I have listened in detail. l would love to see how it all plays out, especially be as Julian Assange has been removed from Equator embassy

Apr 18th
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Steve G

#fail

Apr 3rd
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Damien Dooley

it's funny you were so convinced that Trump colluded that you were going to start a whole series on Russia haha

Apr 3rd
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Damien Dooley

stop fueling these conspiracy theories

Apr 3rd
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Damien Dooley

hey, dumb dumb. how can there be obstruction of Justice if there's no Russian Collusion? He literally could have fired him but didn't.. Just stop haha

Apr 3rd
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Damien Dooley

I've known for two years that there was no collusion. Barr has nothing to do with the outcome. He literally just arrived on the scene.

Apr 3rd
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Jeff Root

love the music. intro is awesome, also at 7:45

Mar 30th
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Joe Sznicer

Will you guys be continuing the series now that the investigation is really hotting up? Feels like unfinished business - I miss this pod! Ps I have a little crush on Leigh she is so smart and so very very gorgeous

Feb 14th
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Nick Gellie

c 3 ';y £ £ c'xc

Oct 21st
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Regan Bright

I think the interviewer would benefit from pressing the guest and others on what the evidence to prove her case rather taking it all as fact. Also the guest is pen pal of Ian which doesn't speak well to level of bias she has here.

Oct 1st
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Brabo

Simon Jackman sounds like Tom Hardy playing Alfie Solomons from Peaky Blinders.

Sep 28th
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space_junk

That whole statement Russia declaring war on Britain really needs to be unpacked.

Aug 30th
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Sarah Nyb

The tech didn't check that important email???!

Aug 24th
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Sarah Nyb

Excellent title 😁👏👏👏👌

Aug 24th
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Dirty Drifters

Great listening series with well-researched and thoughtful episodes. Like another user said below, its all like a giant puzzle piece that's slowly coming together. We are currently on a road trip around Australia and "Russia, If Your Listening" keeps us informed and entertained. Also, great sound intro!

Aug 10th
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