Former Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler fronts this essential podcast. In 2020, its first series was all about the Putin-Khodorkovsky rivalry and how the president stole the Yukos oil company from his nemesis. Last year, a second series went international to explore the impact of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. As of last week, a third series is underway and shining a light on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The first episode gave voice to people on the ground in both Ukraine and Russia, while British MP Chris Bryant explained why the West should have seen this coming earlier.