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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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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.

    S03 #9 - Putin's Trump card: the CrowdStrike conspiracy theory

    S03 #9 - Putin's Trump card: the CrowdStrike conspiracy theory

    Russian intelligence agencies and Vladimir Putin have spent three years spreading a conspiracy theory that Ukraine was the one who meddled in the 2016 election.


    The theory quickly reached Donald Trump, and he became obsessed with proving it.


    He's now being impeached for his scheme to get Ukraine to investigate it.


    While this scheme has blown up in Trump’s face, and allegedly harmed America and Ukraine’s national security, it has played out perfectly for Putin.

    • 23 min
    S03 #8 - How Russia's rotten gas got Trump into trouble

    S03 #8 - How Russia's rotten gas got Trump into trouble

    You might think Trump's impeachment inquiry started because of a dodgy phone call to the Ukrainian President.


    But the origins are actually in the Ukrainian gas industry - which is deeply corrupt and reliant on Russia - just the way Putin likes it.


    In 2014, Joe Biden flew to Ukraine to try and break their Russian gas addiction.


    And started the dominoes falling which would eventually lead to Donald Trump's infamous request for a favour.

    • 18 min
    S03 #7 - Putin goes nuclear to retain his popularity

    S03 #7 - Putin goes nuclear to retain his popularity

    Like all dictators, Vladimir Putin is terrified of being overthrown by his people.


    Keeping his popularity high among average Russians is a priority for him, and from 2014 to 2018 he was king of the mountain.


    To keep that going in 2018 he announced an exciting new nuclear-powered nuclear missile.


    But that's where things started to go wrong.

    • 18 min
    S03 #6 - The spies who suck at spying

    S03 #6 - The spies who suck at spying

    In 2006, Russian assassins killed a dissident in London. But they left a spectacular radioactive mess behind them and ended up in a Moscow hospital.


    But this wasn't the worst example of spycraft in England over the last two decades.


    One attack went so disastrously wrong it made the United Kingdom finally wake up to the threat of Putin's Kremlin.


    The story of how espionage screwups can have global consequences.

    • 21 min
    S03 #5 - When the Father of Brexit met Mother Russia

    S03 #5 - When the Father of Brexit met Mother Russia

    From almost complete obscurity, Nigel Farage rode a wave of British anger to take his idea of leaving the European Union from a fringe fantasy to a mainstream cause.

    But as Farage rose from community hall meetings to primetime TV debates, he found himself increasingly allied with Vladimir Putin.


    This is the story of how Mr Brexit came to recognise Putin's power and how it could help his cause.

    • 21 min
    S03 #4 - Putin's obsession with crushing the mother of Germany

    S03 #4 - Putin's obsession with crushing the mother of Germany

    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.

    • 19 min

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