8 episodes

Londongrad: How the Lebedevs partied their way to power is a 6 part series investigating two men – who are at the heart of the story of Britain opening its doors to Russian Oligarchs. Alexander Lebedev is the man with the money and - as we’ll see - with the plan. Alexander’s son, Evgeny, rose from a fixture on the social scene to a seat in the House of Lords. He did it with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s help and against the advice of the security services. There’s never been a story quite like it. 
Londongrad launches Thursday 2nd June with a new episode each week, but Tortoise members and Tortoise+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts get exclusive, early access to the first three episodes. Just subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you will also get to more of our investigations into Londongrad, as well as invites to exclusive events. For half price digital membership for £50 go to tortoisemedia.com/londongrad and enter the code Paul50

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Londongrad: How the Lebedevs partied their way to power is a 6 part series investigating two men – who are at the heart of the story of Britain opening its doors to Russian Oligarchs. Alexander Lebedev is the man with the money and - as we’ll see - with the plan. Alexander’s son, Evgeny, rose from a fixture on the social scene to a seat in the House of Lords. He did it with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s help and against the advice of the security services. There’s never been a story quite like it. 
Londongrad launches Thursday 2nd June with a new episode each week, but Tortoise members and Tortoise+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts get exclusive, early access to the first three episodes. Just subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you will also get to more of our investigations into Londongrad, as well as invites to exclusive events. For half price digital membership for £50 go to tortoisemedia.com/londongrad and enter the code Paul50

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    The advance party

    The advance party

    Britain prides itself on being impregnable; a country which hasn’t been invaded for 1000 years and can’t be bought. The Lebedevs give the lie to all that. They spent a lot, but not a fortune, buying their way into British public life. And they did it in a way which perhaps nobody had tried before: they amused the people who mattered.
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    • 27 min
    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Moscow

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Moscow

    The oligarchs who made their way to London in the early 2000s and changed it presented themselves as embodiments of the new Russia; members of the global elite, and arms-length beneficiaries of Vladimir Putin’s new order, not slaves to it. Those were the terms on which Britain let them in, but it was mugged.
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    • 33 min
    Project Venus

    Project Venus

    There comes a moment in any successful invasion of a country when you can no longer hide, your plans have to become obvious. It’s a moment of jeopardy but if you can get through it - as  Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev did in Britain when they bought first the Evening Standard and later The Independent - then the scale of your ambitions can shift dramatically.
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    • 32 min
    Doubling down

    Doubling down

    Years of warnings about Russia’s intentions had gone unheeded; discounted as scaremongering. But then came the invasion of Crimea, and the end of any doubts. In spite of it all, the Lebedevs' ascent in London continued, and so did the extraordinary parties. 
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    • 32 min
    A blind eye

    A blind eye

    The Intelligence and Security Committee of the British Parliament produced a report into Russian interference in British democracy. Boris Johnson saw it before his general election landslide in 2019. But his government went out of its way to make sure it didn’t see the light of day until long after the election had been fought and won.
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    • 34 min
    Lord of the spies

    Lord of the spies

     It’s no secret that political patronage can get you a place in the House of Lords. But even people who understand the system well - even peers themselves - were appalled when Boris Johnson decided to extend his patronage to Evgeny Lebedev. 


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

ColliewogWakefield ,

Well researched and hard-hitting

An exceptionally impact podcast with a long term view of the influence oligarchs have had in the U.K. The narrator does a good job of limiting editorialising until the last episode. Instead, the facts as they unfold hold up a mirror to British society - the reflection gives pause for thought

enriart ,

Excellent

Every adult in UK should listen to this.

Always Intrigued ,

Poor!

Whoever Produced & Directed this needs to learn how to tell a story! A fascinating story told in such a laborious & tedious way that you’re just dying for the storyteller to get to the point, get to the reveal……please to listen to successful, comparative podcasts to learn how it’s done! I’m over & out after three Eps…..

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