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The Missing Cryptoqueen

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Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness.
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The final episode takes an unexpected twist.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia Catt Additional Research: Ignatius BahiziEditor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
Episode 7: In Plain Sight

Episode 7: In Plain Sight

2019-10-2800:43:5117

Could Dr Ruja and the missing billions be hidden in plain sight? A number of small leads seem to be pointing to one place.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia Catt Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian ChoirEpisode 7 of 8. Released weekly
A message from the airport

A message from the airport

2019-10-2400:52:3214

Episode 7 will be available on Monday 28 October. We can't say too much, except this...
Episode 6: The Überflieger

Episode 6: The Überflieger

2019-10-1700:39:1717

In 2009 Dr Ruja and her father bought a metallurgic factory in Southern Germany. What does this have to do with her disappearance today? Those who knew her at the time tell a strangely familiar story about the impressive businesswoman who came to save their workplace.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia Catt Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian ChoirEpisode 6 of 8. Released weekly.
'Who is to blame?'One of the world's highest-earning Multi-Level-Marketers and former OneCoin top seller agrees to speak. In his mansion on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Jamie learns the secret behind OneCoin's rapid growth and the huge amounts of money that has been made by those at the top.The Missing Cryptoqueen is an eight-part series for BBC Sounds, with new episodes every Thursday.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia CattEditor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian ChoirWritten and researched by Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt
Episode 4: Miss OneLife

Episode 4: Miss OneLife

2019-10-0300:38:2234

Jamie and Georgia arrive in Bucharest in the hope of seeing their first OneCoin event: The Miss OneLife 2019 Beauty Pageant. Who else could be there?The Missing Cryptoqueen is an eight-part series for BBC Sounds, with new episodes every Thursday.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia CattEditor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian ChoirWritten and Researched by Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt
In Spring this year, something unexpected happened. On March 6th 2019, Dr Ruja's brother Konstantin was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with money laundering and fraud in connection with OneCoin. Dr Ruja was also charged in absentia, and US authorities declared OneCoin a fraud. We thought this could be the end of OneCoin, and our search. It wasn't. Why?The Missing Cryptoqueen is an eight-part series for BBC Sounds, with new episodes every Thursday.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia CattStory Consultant: Chris Berube Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
Episode 2:  The Bitcoin Killer

Episode 2: The Bitcoin Killer

2019-09-1900:35:3937

Not all is as it seems with Dr Ruja's revolutionary cryptocurrency, OneCoin.The Missing Cryptoqueen is an eight-part series for BBC Sounds, with new episodes every Thursday.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia CattStory consultant: Chris Berube Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
Episode 1:  Dr Ruja

Episode 1: Dr Ruja

2019-09-1900:23:0235

Dr Ruja promised financial revolution. And then, two years ago, she disappeared. Why?The Missing Cryptoqueen is an eight-part series for BBC Sounds, with new episodes every Thursday.Presenter: Jamie BartlettProducer: Georgia CattStory consultant: Chris BerubeEditor: Philip SellarsOriginal music and sound design: Phil ChannellOriginal music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
In 2014, a businesswoman called Dr Ruja Ignatova launched a new cryptocurrency that promised to change money forever. OneCoin, she said, was similar to Bitcoin, only bigger, better and easier to use. Within two years, over 3 million people had joined the OneCoin revolution, and Dr Ruja became rich and famous. But then she suddenly disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.For the last six months, writer and journalist Jamie Bartlett has been on the hunt to find The Missing Cryptoqueen. What he uncovers is a lot more than a missing woman. It's a story of greed, deceit and herd madness that takes him all over the world - and gets far weirder than he thought possible.New episodes every Thursday morning, starting 19th September.
Comments (42)

Simon Kalolo

Thrilling story telling. I'm hooked!

Dec 14th
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Lee R

There has to be another series of this! Please don't stop now.

Dec 5th
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Safak Pinar Yalcin

This is a compelling story due to its potential financial and social consequences. But the way it's told is full of journalistic no-nos. Even tough you have enough solid evidence, I don't understand why you insist on relying on the speculative. It defeats the whole purpose. You spend less time on the proof of a non-existing blockchain than the way this woman wears her lipstick. And maybe don't ask people what they think/feel happened and spend so much time on the guesswork. I mean I believe this story not because of the way it's told but because I'm biased and I am ready to believe it is a scam. If you really want to change people's views, you must avoid completing their sentences and put words in their mouth. This had more of a reality show vibe than a proper investigative journalism piece.

Dec 2nd
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Christina Towler

gripping story. This can't be the end?!

Dec 1st
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Tony Cahill

Great series, eye opening. Frankfurt....get. back. there.

Nov 30th
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Sagar Bhondave

why there is a creepy background sound like horror movies?

Nov 20th
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Sanjeev Acharya

I believe it should not be the final episode, please update it soon.

Nov 19th
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Mark Mathis

Repetitive and boring - interesting subject but besides going to a beauty pageant what really happened?

Nov 15th
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jersey2777

schadenfreude, doc! so looking forward towards your capture!

Nov 11th
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jersey2777

AND ruja's brother started his testimony against his sister & onecoin scam..

Nov 11th
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jersey2777

U.S. v. Scott, 17-cr-630, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Nov 11th
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jersey2777

this story has everything! great reporting..I am enthralled👍🏻

Nov 11th
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jersey2777

22:10>👍🏻👍🏻smart Lady!

Nov 11th
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jersey2777

10:40>people still "believe" that one coin is legitimate because they've bought into the con, they're invested more than just monetarily, they've invested their belief & it is more than difficult to accept that your instincts have failed you

Nov 11th
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Michca Nagy

Wow, just binged this through the weekend and it wa so well done. Loved following the trail and I'm constantly horrified that this isn't fiction. Also loved the music. Great job!

Nov 10th
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Guy Grindlay

And guess what...the church, organised religion, the oldest scam in history, is also getting on board. So much much greed, so little compassion. It’s disgusting.

Nov 7th
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Laura Watts

this episode has a broken source. any chance this could be fixed??

Nov 6th
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Ana

You must find her, you're so near! Gripping story!

Nov 6th
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Maddy Frankie

this can't be the end of the podcast it's too flipping good!

Nov 5th
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Andris Šakins

This is what podcasts should be. Great investigation and research into this case and the mechanics of a modern day scam. A really gripping story that still unfolds before our eyes.

Nov 4th
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