Weekly newsletter delving into the secret worlds of money and power.

Whale Hunting
Tom Wright
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Maduro Extracts His Pound of Fat Leonard Flesh

High-level political brokers are looking to trade Leonard Glenn Francis, a.k.a. Fat Leonard, for a notorious figure in U.S. custody.

Soobin Kim
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Rich List: Nazarbayev's Shrinking Billions

Nursultan Nazarbayev erected a gleaming, ego-fueled capital in the middle of the steppe and amassed one of the greatest fortunes on earth.

Megan Dean
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Brazen Weekender

Every week, we’ll share the very best of what the Brazen team has watched, read or listened to this week.

Bradley Hope
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Doing Business with Sheikh Tahnoon

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al Nahyan is one of the most powerful and richest people on earth. Does he ever earn a profit?

Tom Wright
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The Met's Growing Art Problem

The Manhattan District Attorney this year executed six warrants to seize artifacts from Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's going to get much worse.

Bradley Hope
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The Mystery of Havana Syndrome

Our newest project is a global hunt for answers about Havana Syndrome, a mysterious affliction affecting spies and diplomats on every continent except Antarctica. People have genuine physical symptoms and most victims recall hearing a mysterious grating sound at some point before they were affected. This one has the US

Megan Dean
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Brazen Weekender

Bradley Hope
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Jho's Efforts to Lobby Trump

Georgia Gee
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CRAFT: Deciphering the Russian Disinformation War

Russia is fighting two wars: one on the ground, and one on the internet. For years, and especially since the invasion in February, Russia has aggressively called to wipe Ukraine off the map and propagated narratives to justify its attacks. We are in the middle of an information war, and

Bradley Hope
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Is this the Year Jho is Arrested?

It's been a remarkable five years on the run for Low Taek Jho, a.k.a. Jho Low, one of the world's most infamous fraudsters. He went from one of the biggest spenders and patron of celebrities to an anonymous silhouette, playing his phones like a piano in shopping malls

Soobin Kim
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CRAFT: Hunting Viktor Bout

In 2008, Robert “Zach” Zachariasiewicz – then a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – was in a Bangkok police station. Sitting across the table was Viktor Bout, a notorious Soviet-born arms dealer that Zach had been investigating. Bout had just been arrested in a hotel conference room, where

Georgia Gee
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Dispatch from the Bahamas: FTX Mayhem

The story of Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX, is unfolding every day like a TV drama. His arrest in the Bahamas on charges of wire fraud and money laundering mean he could face up to 115 years in prison. Now SBF, who was denied bail, is sitting in Fox