14 episodes

The journalist John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for 22 years since he first saw evidence of war crimes by the Russian army under Putin's command in Chechnya. John first called Vladimir Putin a war criminal in March 2000. And again and again he's seen evidence of Vladimir Putin killing people, killing people in Russia, killing people in Britain and around the world.

Reporting from Kyiv this podcast will answer the question on everyones lips, who could do this to Ukraine, to civilians, to children? Who is Putin?

Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/taking-on-putin

Follow John on Twitter - @johnsweeneyroar

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The journalist John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for 22 years since he first saw evidence of war crimes by the Russian army under Putin's command in Chechnya. John first called Vladimir Putin a war criminal in March 2000. And again and again he's seen evidence of Vladimir Putin killing people, killing people in Russia, killing people in Britain and around the world.

Reporting from Kyiv this podcast will answer the question on everyones lips, who could do this to Ukraine, to civilians, to children? Who is Putin?

Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/taking-on-putin

Follow John on Twitter - @johnsweeneyroar

    13. Killer in the Kremlin

    13. Killer in the Kremlin

    John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin’s case for over twenty years. In this special bonus episode of Taking on Putin, we bring you a sneak peek of John’s new audiobook, Killer in the Kremlin.
    Killer in the Kremlin is brought to you by Penguin, and will be published on Thursday 21 July 2022. Available on Audible, Apple Books, Google Play and other audio retailers.

    • 50 min
    12. At The Sharp End

    12. At The Sharp End

    John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for over twenty years. He's been reporting from Kyiv throughout the Russian invasion. In this final episode of Taking On Putin, John heads East towards the frontline, to speak to the people bearing the brunt of the Kremlin's war machine. He asks what is the real cost for all of us, of not taking on Putin?
    Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder.
    Follow John on Twitter @johnsweeneyroar


     

    • 41 min
    11. The Kremlin Patient

    11. The Kremlin Patient

    John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for over twenty years - reporting on evidence of Kremlin-backed crimes in Russia, Chechnya, Ukraine and beyond.  John's been reporting from Kyiv throughout the Russian invasion. In this episode he examines stories that the master of the Kremlin may be seriously ill - and considers whether Putin facing his own mortality could be a motivation for launching a war that is costing so many other people's lives.
    Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder.
    Follow John on Twitter @johnsweeneyroar

    • 42 min
    10. How to Lose a War

    10. How to Lose a War

    John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for over twenty years.  He's been in Kyiv since February, reporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine from on the ground. Early predictions of a rapid Russian victory turned out to be wrong, but they're doing much better in Eastern Ukraine. This episode John looks at the rot at the heart of the Russian system that's weakened their military machine, and the failures of Western leadership that mean a Ukrainian victory is also far from certain.
    Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder.
    Follow John on Twitter @johnsweeneyroar

    • 48 min
    9. The Underpants Poisoner

    9. The Underpants Poisoner

    John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for over twenty years.  He spent nearly three months in Kyiv reporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Currently back in London, this episode John explores the opposition to Putin from within Russia.  He tells the story of those who've given everything - even up to their lives - taking on the Kremlin to fight for democracy.
    Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder.
    Follow John on Twitter @johnsweeneyroar

    • 38 min
    8. The View from the Spire

    8. The View from the Spire

    John Sweeney has been on Vladimir Putin's case for over twenty years. He's back in the UK after nearly three months in Kyiv reporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This episode John revisits a war-like act by Russian operatives on British soil - using a banned nerve agent to try to kill a former Russian spy. John asks why the British response to the attack was so muted.
    Taking On Putin is funded by you - the listener. You can support the podcast on Crowdfunder.
     
    Follow John on Twitter - @johnsweeneyroar

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Ghost keeps crashing ,

Brave, honest podcast

John is passionate about honest and fair reporting. As an American, I appreciate unbiased and balanced reporting that gives the facts, no fluff. John does just that, and his guests follow suit. Other podcasts should take notes!

Georgeeeeeeeeee76 ,

Brave, brilliant reporting

John does reporting the old, larger-than-life way. Marvelously eloquent, John brings the characters and the stories to life. And the stories are bone chilling, and the characters are dark. 10/10

Kittybo57 ,

Stellar reporting

The world needs more of what Sweeny's made of; a wizard of his trade, with the alchemy that turns reporting into action.

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