Welcome to this special edition of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast Ukraine at War. My guest this week is Franz Sedelmayer, once a close friend and business partner of Vladimir Putin, until the friendship and business relationship met with the reality of the economic jiu jitsu of the newly-elected President Boris Yeltsin and the political and economic ambitions of Putin. Sedelmayer’s considerable assets were soon expropriated by the new government. Sedelmayer went to war with Putin to retrieve what was his and won, waging a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and Putin, ultimately winning more than 100 court cases and foreclosing on Russian state property in Western Europe, becoming, for the record, the only individual ever to collect money from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Franz knows Putin and understands Russia in ways others don’t. The discussion you are about to hear is brutally frank and in parts disturbing, as reality often is. President Biden, President Zelenskyy, Vladimir Putin, NATO, we scrutinize the performance of all the players. What have they done right? What have they done wrong? Where do we go from here. Let’s talk with Franz Sedelmayer.