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Episode 6: Final Episode

"I believe that Yukos was Putin's first foray into trying to test the West… and the West fell flat on their faces - they did absolutely nothing to help the Western shareholders in Yukos." The lack of response from the West during the Yukos Affair encouraged Putin's tyranny. Putin's Oil Heist is an insider's account of the Yukos Affair. In this final episode, Loren Steffy draws a line from the 2022 invasion of Ukraine back to the expropriation of Yukos in the early 2000s, with first-person accounts from former Chief Financial Treasurer, Bruce Misamore.

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Episode 5: Fighting from Afar

"The company was liquidated in 2007." As far as most of the world was concerned, that ended the Yukos Affair. But Bruce Misamore was still outraged at what Vladimir Putin had done to his friend and his company, and he wasn't about to stop fighting. Putin's Oil Heist is an insider's account of the Yukos Affair. In this episode, host Loren Steffy details Misamore's efforts to salvage what he could of Yukos, with first-person accounts from the former Chief Financial Treasurer.

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Episode 4: Fleeing Russia

"These were professional thugs that had been hired by the KGB, known as the FSB in Russia today, but they're still the KGB." Even though he'd fled the country, Bruce Misamore couldn't seem to escape Russia's reach. Putin's Oil Heist is an insider's account of the Yukos Affair. In this episode, host Loren Steffy describes Misamore's swift exit from Russia and its consequences, with first-person accounts from the former Yukos chief financial officer.

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Yukos drifted towards insolvency after being saddled with crippling and, according to Misamore, illegal tax liabilities.

Misamore was convinced that the Russian government was orchestrating a scheme to take over Yukos or seize all of the company's oil and gas assets.

Misamore turned to the U.S. courts, but his hopes rested on a laptop and a desperate legal strategy.



Episode 3: The Theft of Yukos

"We really didn't have much of a choice, as one of the largest oil companies in the world, other than continuing to run it and implement our strategies." Yukos was left reeling after their CEO was arrested. Putin's Oil Heist is an insider's account of the Yukos Affair. In this episode, host Loren Steffy follows up on the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the theft of Yukos with first-person accounts from Bruce Misamore, former Chief Financial Treasurer.

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Episode 2: The Arrest

In the early 2000s, Bruce Misamore moved to Moscow to work for Mikhail Khodorkovsky at Yukos. Yukos was growing rapidly, but Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't pleased with the growing influence of Westerners at Russian companies. Putin saw threats to his power everywhere, and the government passed legislation limiting foreign investment. Misamore found himself in the middle of a hurricane. Join Loren Steffy and Bruce Misamore for the second episode of Putin's Oil Heist.

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Putin's Oil Heist Episode 1: Putin's Plan

"If you want to understand the story behind the story of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, you can draw a straight line back to the Yukos Affair." The demise of Yukos, Russia's second-biggest oil company, marked the first time that Vladimir Putin tested the West, watching to see how the West would respond to the seizing of the company's assets, Bruce Misamore says. Putin's Oil Heist is an insider's account of the Yukos Affair. In this pilot episode, host Loren Steffy explores how it unfolded, with first-person accounts from Misamore, the company's former Chief Financial Treasurer.

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