Londongrad

Londongrad

By Tortoise Media

Season 2 of Londongrad: Iran's Hit Squads.


Award-winning investigative reporter Paul Caruana Galizia returns to report the story of the foiled assassination attempts on British soil of Iranian nationals. Since January 2022, there has been an attempted assassination or kidnap at least once a month – all ordered by the Iranian government. 


In this four-part series, Paul will delve into how these attempts unfolded, why they have become so prevalent and who is behind them. It's a story about Iran, about freedom of the press, but most of all, it’s about Britain – who the country chooses to protect and why.


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27/06/23·3m 43s

Londongrad: Iran's Hit Squads - episode 4: The State

There are many competing visions for Iran and for what the country could become. In this episode, Paul asks whether enough is being done to protect Iranians overseas. To get early access to our reporting and ad-free listening, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you can also access our live events and support our work.Just visit tortoisemedia.com/hitsquads for £60 a year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/23·35m 6s

Londongrad: Iran's Hit Squads - episode 3: Department 15

A Hell's Angels leader and an international heroin trafficker are just some of the unlikely hires for Iranian plots abroad. But who else is Iran commissioning for its assassinations and abductions?To get early access to the final episode and ad-free listening, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you can access more of our reporting, live events and support our work.Just visit tortoisemedia.com/hitsquads for £60 a year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/05/23·28m 55s

Londongrad: Iran's Hit Squads – episode 2: Building 11

A lost photographer in a Chiswick business park, a nervous phone caller in LA and a speedboat bound for Caracas- who exactly are the hit men behind the threats? Episodes 1 + 2 are available for free. To get early access to the final two episodes of the series, and ad-free listening, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you can access more of our reporting, live events and support our work. Just visit tortoisemedia.com/hitsquads for an exclusive offer of £60 a year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/23·27m 24s

Londongrad: Iran's Hit Squads – episode 1: Threat to Life

London is a dark city in the middle of the night- these are the words of Iranian journalist Aliasghar who received a threat to life warning from the Met police. The police told him he was in immediate danger in the capital. In Paul Caruana Galizia's last series, Londongrad, he uncovered the extent of Russian money hidden in London. In season two he comes across another foreign power operating in the city and sets off to try to uncover who is behind the threats.Episodes 1 + 2 are available for free. To get early access to the final two episodes of the series, and ad-free listening, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you can access more of our reporting, live events and support our work. Just visit tortoisemedia.com/hitsquads for an exclusive offer of £60 a year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/23·34m 50s

Introducing Londongrad Season 2: Iran's Hit Squads

Introducing Season 2 of Londongrad: Iran's Hit Squads.Award-winning investigative reporter Paul Caruana Galizia returns to report the story of the foiled assassination attempts on British soil of Iranian nationals. Since January 2022, there has been an attempted assassination or kidnap at least once a month – all ordered by the Iranian government. In this four-part series, Paul will delve into how these attempts unfolded, why they have become so prevalent and who is behind them. It's a story about Iran, about freedom of the press, but most of all, it’s about Britain – who the country chooses to protect and why.Episodes 1 + 2 are available for free. To get early access to final two episodes of the series, and ad-free listening, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you can access more of our reporting, live events and support our work. Just visit tortoisemedia.com/hitsquads for an exclusive offer of £60 a year. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/23·2m 15s

Londongrad season 1 bonus episode: The Johnson affair

A former KGB officer, Britain’s foreign secretary – and a potential national security breach Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/22·33m 52s

Londongrad episode 6: 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.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/22·36m 36s

Londongrad episode 5: 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.To access all episodes of Londongrad right away subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member www.tortoisemedia.com/londongrad. Use the code: Paul50 to get 50% off Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/22·34m 1s

Londongrad episode 4: 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. Subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member to access the whole series now. Go to www.tortoisemedia.com/londongrad and use the code: Paul50 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/06/22·32m 41s

Londongrad episode 3: 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.To access five episodes now subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member. Visit tortoisemedia.com/londongrad and use the code Paul50 for half price membership for £50 per year.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/06/22·32m 20s

Londongrad episode 2: 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.To access the first four episodes now subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member. Visit tortoisemedia.com/londongrad and use the code Paul50 for half price membership for £50 per year.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/06/22·33m 0s

Londongrad episode 1: 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.To access the first 3 episodes now subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member. Visit tortoisemedia.com/londongrad and use the code Paul50 for half price membership for £50 per year.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/06/22·27m 43s

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24/05/22·2m 50s
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