The Big Steal

The Big Steal tells the story of Vladimir Putin and his violent assault on human dignity, rule of law, democracy and truth – in Russia, its neighbours and across the West.


A former KGB officer, Putin climbed his way to the presidency of the world’s largest nation, and put in place a mafia state that steals from its own people to cause havoc abroad. When he stole the country’s most successful energy company, Yukos, he gave a clear warning of what was to come. Since then, Western enablers in politics, business and the law have helped Putin on his way.


Gavin Esler speaks to the people who have challenged Putin, tried to understand him, or simply hoped to survive. He takes us through to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a new and dangerous world that is opening up, and asks the question: where do we go next?


Produced by Fresh Air Production

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The Big Steal

🎧 Podcast episodes

Listen to 15 episodes
Russia Invades Ukraine
39 minutes · 6 months ago

Russia Invades Ukraine

Russia On the Brink?
52 minutes · 9 months ago

Russia On the Brink?

A New Breed Of Autocracy
33 minutes · 10 months ago

A New Breed Of Autocracy

Protests and Police Raids
48 minutes · 10 months ago

Protests and Police Raids

While You Were Shielding
45 minutes · 11 months ago

While You Were Shielding

The Big Steal – Epilogue
37 minutes · 2 years ago

The Big Steal – Epilogue

What comes after Putin?
37 minutes · 2 years ago

What comes after Putin?

Russia's War Against Truth
48 minutes · 2 years ago

Russia's War Against Truth

Follow the Money
21 minutes · 2 years ago

Follow the Money

The Man in the Cage
20 minutes · 2 years ago

The Man in the Cage

The Man Who Challenged Putin
23 minutes · 2 years ago

The Man Who Challenged Putin

From Communism to Kleptocracy
21 minutes · 2 years ago

From Communism to Kleptocracy

The Rivals
22 minutes · 2 years ago

The Rivals

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