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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 search for Dr Ruja is back on. A lot has happened since Episode 8. Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir This audio was updated on 12/08/2020 to reflect additional correspondence with Chelgate.
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The final episode takes an unexpected twist. Presenter: Jamie Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Additional Research: Ignatius Bahizi Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
Episode 7: In Plain Sight

Episode 7: In Plain Sight

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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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir Episode 7 of 8. Released weekly
Episode 7 will be available on Monday 28 October. We can't say too much, except this...
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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir Episode 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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir Written and researched by Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt
Episode 4: Miss OneLife

Episode 4: Miss OneLife

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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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original Music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir Written 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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Story Consultant: Chris Berube Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Story consultant: Chris Berube Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
Episode 1:  Dr Ruja

Episode 1: Dr Ruja

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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 Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Story consultant: Chris Berube Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original 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 (78)

Dimitar Antonov

Are you aware of this event www.oneecosystem.eu?

Jul 21st
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Nada Clontz

A fantastic podcast! I keep my subscription open in hopes of follow up episodes. I am dying to find out what happened to the Crypto Queen. Please, keep the story alive, it's fascinating!!

May 5th
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Key B

While this still was true, investigative journalists they are not. Completely fail to realise Bitconnect was a home grown Ponzi scheme run out of Price Waterhouse Copper along side Indian used to live in Britain. It collapsed when USA started investigating PWC, a government preferred company. Brush it under the carpet instead....

Feb 26th
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Marty B

End of January 2021.....Nothing new for so long

Jan 27th
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Clare Lockhart

Whens the next one? So into this, waiting patiently....?

Nov 3rd
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Ciaran Cronin

getting worried now 🤔

Oct 18th
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James Bailey

Just binge listened to all these over the last week I can't wait for more 👍

Sep 28th
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Gary Hogan

Why so long in between episodes?

Sep 8th
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Nada Clontz

such. a. fascinating. story. I am so hooked! I have an important question, though - who's gonna play Ruja in the big-budget Hollywood biopic that this story surely deserves??

Sep 1st
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Yavuz_Beycan

I am glad it is back. I missed it. Good episode nice journalism

Aug 6th
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Ekaterina M

Totally love it! looking forward for the next episode!

Aug 6th
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Ekaterina M

Wow, when will the next episode appear?

Jul 29th
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Rachel Kgomotso

Yaaas! Can’t wait!

Jul 29th
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Phil Din

Bring it on ✌🏽

Jul 29th
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Conor Mc Cartney

Can't wait

Jul 29th
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Martyn Leatham

Constant repetition of the same facts. Extremely annoying background noise and music. Horrendous wailing between excerpts. Whole series could have been done in a single 1 hour podcast.

Jun 12th
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Lorna Henderson

I keep checking back to see if there are any update episodes 😭🤞

Jun 6th
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Mascha Valizas

My Dear. This is horrific. 😥

May 3rd
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Alice Turner

love the Bulgarian music!

Apr 14th
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Lisa Langley

So fascinating and horrific!! I wonder how One Coin are using the current world crisis to their advantage. You can bet they are!!

Apr 3rd
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