Reportercast September 2022 with Bradley Birkenfeld
Season 1, Ep. 4
Bradley Birkenfeld reminisces about his earth-shattering disclosure against Swiss banking giant UBS and his initial struggle to get the US authorities to pay attention. He also explains the importance of whistleblowers to current efforts to stop the Russian invasion in Ukraine and enforce sanctions. More broadly he calls for Europe to implement US-style whistleblower rewards in order to clean up its corporate sector.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Reportercast May 2023
Season 2, Ep. 1
Investigative academics Philip Newall and Maira Andrade tell host Matei Rosca all about the intricacies of crypto gambling, a new type of gambling which has been found to pose risks both for consumers and the integrity of the financial system. They also discuss more broadly the latest regulations proposed by the UK government for gambling (not including crypto gambling) as well as their own background and plans for the future.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Reportercast January 2023 with Dan Neidle
Season 1, Ep. 8
A great honour to have Dan Neidle, tax expert and founder of the Tax Policy Associates think tank (https://www.taxpolicy.org.uk/), discussing the scandal around top Tory figure Nadhim Zahawi's tax affairs, which he made a major contribution to uncovering, as well as lawyerly shenanigans, libel threats and general views on how the UK should go about taxes. This was the last episode of the first season as Reportercast goes on a break to prepare for the future.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Reportercast December 2022 with Garrett Ziegler
Season 1, Ep. 7
The researcher behind the Hunter Biden allegations sits down on Zoom with host Matei Rosca to discuss the entire saga, the censorship allegations as well as the controversies surrounding his own side's political objectives and biases.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Reportercast November 2022: Valeria Hontareva on Ukraine's reconstruction and banking reforms
Season 1, Ep. 6
Valeria Hontareva, the former central bank governor of Ukraine (2014-2017), and now a world-famous expert on finance reforms, banking governance and monetary policy, discusses her biography, why she decided to give up a comfortable life as one of Ukraine’s top investment bankers, why she decided to refuse to yield under pressure to do less reform, what lessons can Western policymakers learn, how to carry out a successful financing of Ukraine’s reconstruction, and how to stay resilient in the face of what increasingly appears to be an imminent global financial and economic crisis. She also gives details of her life under constant threat from crooked bankers as she closed or nationalised Ukraine's dirty banks, including PrivatBank, the country's largest at the time.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Reportercast October 2022 with Alexandru Flenchea: Transnistria explainer
Season 1, Ep. 5
In this special episode of Reportercast, Alexandru Flenchea, a former negotiator for Moldova's government on the issue of Russia-occupied separatist Transnistria, and former advisor to the US embassy in Moldova, joins host Matei Rosca to discuss little-known Transnistria's role in the Ukraine invasion. Flenchea, who also runs a Transnistria-focused NGO in Moldova called Initiative 4 Peace, explains the basics of life and politics under the obscure, kleptocratic and urecognised regime of Tiraspol, as well as any options the West might have to deter the regime from continuing on a trend of repression of dissent and criticism of Russia's invasion. Moreover, Flenchea delves into the tragic case of Victor Plescanov, a dissident from Tiraspol unjustly sentenced in September to three years in prison for displaying a Ukraine flag and criticising the Kremlin and their stooges in Transnistria. Flenchea analyses the importance of illicit financial flows into Transnistria as the key lifeline for the regime, alongside direct subsidies, and a military and intelligence presence of Russia
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Reportercast August 2022: with Tom Spiller
Season 1, Ep. 3
The guest for this edition is Tom Spiller, a top lawyer specialised in the UK cryptocurrency industry and general international commercial litigation, and a Conservative Party activist. Spiller is discreet but very well-connected in the finance industry, the law, and, obviously, Wesminster power circles – so we were privileged to have him. He delves into cryptocurrency regulations, the debate around the industry's utility for society, and, of course, Tory politics.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Reportercast July 2022: with Edward Lucas
Season 1, Ep. 2
Edward Lucas has a unique background as the child of a family that campaigned against communism, and then a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe during the collapse of this system. He has since been writing prolifically about dirty money, intelligence, security and geopolitics, and campaigning against kleptocracy and the moral relativism it breeds in the West, years before it was brought to the forefront of the news due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He makes a trenchant analysis of the war, its implications and the required policy choices for NATO, the UK and its Western partners if Putin is to be stopped. He also shares some special thoughts about Romania, a country he knows well, and as a bonus, a series of comments about a famous (or infamous) line in John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Edward Lucas is currently campaigning for election to the House of Commons in the British Parliament.
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Reportercast June 2022: with Jamison Firestone
Season 1, Ep. 1
In our first episode, our guest is Jamison Firestone, a legendary lawyer and campaigner among Russia-watchers. He discusses his experience of living in Moscow in the 90s, then being driven out after his friend and colleague Sergei Magnitsky was killed for discovering a massive state-enabled corruption scheme. Jamison played a top role in the ensuing global Magnistky campaign to bring sanctions against Russia for human rights abuse and corruption, and is now helping Alexei Navalny in his own drive to bring democracy to Russia. He also shared his views on Russia's war in Ukraine, illicit financial flows that enabled it and the West's attitude to dirty money more broadly. Bonus: Jamison also shares a few memories of Moscow's surprisingly liberal gay scene before oppressive laws were brought in under Vladimir Putin.