DiscoverEnglish Learning for Curious Minds#278 | Londongrad: Why Russian Oligarchs Fell In Love With Britain’s Capital
#278 | Londongrad: Why Russian Oligarchs Fell In Love With Britain’s Capital

#278 | Londongrad: Why Russian Oligarchs Fell In Love With Britain’s Capital

Update: 2022-07-0715
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Since the collapse of the USSR, London has become the city of choice for Russian oligarchs.

In this episode, we'll explore how the UK's capital welcomed Russian money and why London became nicknamed "Londongrad".



  • Roman Abramovich buys Chelsea

  • Definition of "oligarch"

  • Why was London the destination of choice for Russian oligarchs?

  • London's cultural appeal

  • The English legal system

  • The English libel laws

  • London as a financial hub

  • Company ownership in the UK

  • The "Golden Visa" scheme

  • Links between Russian oligarchs and British politics

  • Evgeny Lebedev becomes "Baron Lebedev"

  • London doesn't ask questions about the origin of money

  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine

  • The future of "Londongrad"

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/londongrad


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#278 | Londongrad: Why Russian Oligarchs Fell In Love With Britain’s Capital

#278 | Londongrad: Why Russian Oligarchs Fell In Love With Britain’s Capital

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