16 episodes

To understand what Vladimir Putin might do in the future, you need to understand his past; where he's come from, what he's lived through, what he's done. Jonny Dymond tells the extraordinary and revealing story of Vladimir Putin's life with the help of guests who have watched, studied and dealt with the Russian president.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 151 Ratings

To understand what Vladimir Putin might do in the future, you need to understand his past; where he's come from, what he's lived through, what he's done. Jonny Dymond tells the extraordinary and revealing story of Vladimir Putin's life with the help of guests who have watched, studied and dealt with the Russian president.

    15. Tanks Riding Towards Moscow

    15. Tanks Riding Towards Moscow

    Vladimir Putin survived the short lived revolt that saw thousands of mercenaries march towards Moscow, but at what cost?
    Jonny Dymond is joined by:
    Polina Ivanova: foreign correspondent for the Financial Times, covering Russia and Ukraine.
    Owen Matthews: journalist, historian and author of “Overreach”
    Andrei Soldatov: investigative journalist and author of ‘The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB’
    Production coordinator: Sophie Hill
    Sound engineer: Neil Churchill
    Researcher: Isobel Gough
    Producer: Lucy Burns
    Exec producer: Joe Kent
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 28 min
    14. 12 Months On: President Putin’s Next Steps?

    14. 12 Months On: President Putin’s Next Steps?

    Ukrainecast comes together with Putin, the BBC Sounds and Radio 4 podcast which examines the life, times, motives and modus operandi of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Returning to the show are three lifelong Kremlin-watchers to cast ahead and speculate on just how this war might develop.

    Professor Nina Khrushcheva is an historian at The New School in New York and the great grand-daughter of Nikita Khrushchev, Sir Laurie Bristow was the UK’s Amabassador to Moscow from 2016-2020, and Vitaly Shevchenko is the head of the Russia section for BBC Monitoring.

    Today’s episode was presented by Jonny Dymond as part of a series of episodes marking the one-year anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine.

    The producers were Fiona Leach and Luke Radcliff. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480

    • 29 min
    13. No Way Out?

    13. No Way Out?

    In the final episode of the latest series of Putin, Jonny Dymond and three expert guests examine how the Russian president shaped the war in Ukraine between March and October 2022, and how the war has begun to shape him.
    With Russia’s military position weakened by fierce Ukrainian counter-attacks, how much pressure is Vladimir Putin really under? Is there any way out for Putin, or might an increasingly difficult war proving his undoing?
    Guests:
    Steve Rosenberg, BBC Russia Editor
    Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs at the New School in New York
    Dr Mark Galeotti, author of Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine

    Production coordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross and Siobhan Reed
    Sound engineer: Graham Puddifoot
    Producer: Nathan Gower
    Researcher: Octavia Woodward
    Series Editor: Simon Watts

    • 27 min
    12. The Lightning Strike

    12. The Lightning Strike

    On the 24th of February 2022, after months of military build-up and increasingly grave warnings, Vladimir Putin stepped over the brink and ordered the invasion of Ukraine.
    In this episode, Jonny Dymond tells the story of the crucial first month of the war, as Putin’s ambitions first faltered and then collapsed in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance. By examining his speeches, public appearances and the political context, this programme chronicles Putin’s first weeks as a war leader.
    To dispel the fog of war and understand Putin’s role at this dramatic time, Jonny Dymond is joined by:
    Bridget Kendall - former BBC Moscow and Diplomatic Correspondent, now Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge.
    Vitaliy Shevchenko - Russia Editor at BBC Monitoring and co-presenter of Ukrainecast
    Owen Matthews - Journalist, historian and author of Overreach

    Production coordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross and Siobhan Reed
    Sound engineer: Rod Farquhar
    Producers: Nathan Gower
    Researcher: Octavia Woodward
    Series Editor: Simon Watts

    • 27 min
    11. To the Brink

    11. To the Brink

    In late 2021, Vladimir Putin emerges from his Covid-19 bunker with an even smaller inner circle, increasingly outlandish demands of NATO and the west, and an immense military build-up on the border of Ukraine. How did seclusion change his mindset? And how did the west misunderstand him so badly?
    To understand the Russian President and interpret his words and actions in those crucial weeks before the invasion, Jonny Dymond is joined by:
    Andrei Soldatov - Investigative journalist, specialist in Russia’s intelligence services, and author of ‘The Compatriots: The Russian Exiles Who Fought Against the Kremlin’
    Sarah Rainsford - BBC Eastern Europe Correspondent and former Moscow Correspondent
    Sir Laurie Bristow - Former British diplomat and UK Ambassador to Russia, 2016-2020.

    Production coordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross and Siobhan Reed
    Sound engineer: Rod Farquhar
    Producer: Nathan Gower
    Researcher: Octavia Woodward
    Series Editor: Simon Watts

    • 27 min
    10. Preying on Hopes and Fears

    10. Preying on Hopes and Fears

    In 2021 Vladimir Putin retreats to his bunker as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads through Russia. How did this isolation affect his thinking, and what role could it have played in his decision to invade Ukraine?
    To understand how Putin views history and his place in it, Jonny Dymond is joined by:
    Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs, The New School; former BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford; and Alexander Vindman, former director of European Affairs at the US National Security Council.
    Production coordinators: Sophie Hill and Siobhan Reed
    Sound engineer: Rod Farquhar
    Producers: Sandra Kanthal, Caroline Bayley, Joe Kent
    Series Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

Ishimoi ,

Compelling.

Pace is superb and structure of the discussion so brilliantly done!

J Pilger ,

Usual BBC 1 directional propaganda

Do not climb the tree if your bum is dirty! The level of arrogance is off the charts - they should have had prince Andrew to voice the podcast. What is the role of GB in the conflict?
Then why London has been grooming those Russian Oligarchs for the last 30 years?
What is the relationship between Boris and oleksandr lebediev?
What is the record on human rights within the British empire ?
- certainly not good enough to school anyone, isn’t it?
Multiples GENOCIDES in Africa- genocides in America - Asia - Australia - a lookalike useless war about some useless rock in South America to name a few!
The Slavery powerhouse could implement some housse keeping routine that’s for sure!
Instead here is the BBC, bickering on Putin’s childhood using some pompous arrogant academics when all that is happening is because of their ignorance of past agreements with this very man - Fact!
Do an honest podcast about some of the biggest war criminals in human history - YOU OWN ALL THE DOCUMENTS- I give you some leads: the Royle fam, Churchill - Blair - even Bozo will score higher than Vlad!

JaffaJizzle ,

Loved it but…

Really enjoyed the content, style and commentary around Putin. Hugely insightful and engaging.

One but.. given the importance of OPEC and China in Russia’s geopolitics, guests offering that perspective rather than just European, Russian and US would have been a great addition.

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