7 episodes

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.0 • 962 Ratings

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.

    The Byrne Ultimatum | 5

    The Byrne Ultimatum | 5

    As the walls close in on Maria, Patrick believes he holds information that might turn Maria’s case around. But will it be enough?




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    • 47 min
    Loose End | 4

    Loose End | 4

    Maria meets Patrick in his hotel to share some good news and some troubling news. Patrick advises her to talk to Uncle Sam but as political tensions rise in Washington DC, it’s not clear who is friend and who is foe.

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    • 45 min
    Hello, Uncle Sam | 3

    Hello, Uncle Sam | 3

    Patrick invites Maria to a party but he has an ulterior motive. Maria is enjoying American student life but a knock at the door will spell trouble for her and Paul.

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    Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.

    NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.

    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.

    Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.

    Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.

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    • 45 min
    Russian Roulette | 2

    Russian Roulette | 2

    As Patrick and Maria grow closer, someone else begins to take a closer look at the young Russian: the FBI. They dig into her background in Russia as a gun rights activist, and her strange connection to a top Russian official with close ties to Putin.




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    Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.

    Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.

    Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.

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    • 48 min
    I Just Met a Girl Named Maria | 1

    I Just Met a Girl Named Maria | 1

    Graduate student. Gun enthusiast. Political activist. There are several sides to this mysterious Russian woman who arrives in America. But soon, her connections with powerful politicians and wealthy businessmen will begin to raise suspicions. 




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    • 32 min
    Introducing: Spy Affair

    Introducing: Spy Affair

    A story about deception, appearances and betrayal.

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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
962 Ratings

962 Ratings

Bi-Den Cheat-Ed ,

These comments are funny

Half of the people are mad that its left leaning, the other half are saying right leaning. To me it doesn’t matter. There’s so much bias in the news that it is expected. Its like beating a dead horse at this point. I thought they did a solid job, the story isn’t that important, that the bias is offensive. I’m looking forward to the last few episodes because I heard there will be a bombshell in the last episode.

Big-E32 ,

Bleh

I feel like this podcast gave too much credit to Maria Butina and others including Byrne the Overstock CEO. Constant whining about how they are so abused by the “deep state”. So obvious they are both liars. Too much credit is given to Byrne’s crazy conspiracy theories that make no sense. He seems to be making stuff up out of thin air. Also they act like the whole Russia investigation is legitimately suspect - it’s not. Only finishing this cause I started and I am ocd. Can’t wait to be done wasting my time listening to these people.

William P-G ,

Good Listen.

Incredible story, I wouldn’t believe it except I remember when the story itself broke.

Also very well-reported — very thorough, but accessible for listeners.

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