VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER: Mikhail Zygar, Author, All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin; Former Editor-in-Chief of Russian independent news channel, Dozhd
All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin, is the story of an accidental king and a court out of control. When renowned journalist Mikhail Zygar began conducting exclusive interviews with members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, he uncovered a shocking slew of inconsistencies, reinterpretations, and confusion. Over time, their first-hand accounts–mired in egos and excuses– comprised a new image of Vladimir Putin as a weary leader controlled by the many men who advise and deceive him. Through unprecedented portraits of key political figures–from Kremlin Chief of Staff Alexander Voloshin to Deputy Prime Minister Igro Shavalov–Zygar reveals how the Kremlin’s decisions have been nothing more than tactical responses to external events, devoid of logic or objective. And in their failed attempts to defend their actions, Putin’s men have invented implacable enemies of the state and launched an imaginary war.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Mikhail Zygar, Russian journalist, author and filmmaker, and former Editor-in-Chief of the only Russian independent news TV-channel, Dozhd, who will be discussing his new book ‘All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin’ which is both a shocking reconstruction of Putin’s tumultuous reign and an exposé of the manipulation and myopia of his inner circle.
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Mikhail Zygar is the former editor in chief of the only independent TV station in Russia, Rain TV (Dozhd). The channel’s coverage of politically sensitive issues, such as the Moscow street protests in 2011 and 2012 and the conflict in Ukraine, has been dramatically different from the official coverage by Russia’s national television stations. Despite immense pressure from the government, the channel continues to operate and is the most popular Russian-language channel in many of the former USSR republics. In 2014, Zygar received an award from the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und GerdBucerius fund for his work to preserve freedom of speech in Russia. The Committee to Protect Journalists in the United States also awarded him with the International Press Freedom Award and “Vice” news recently named him “the last journalist in Russia.” Previously, Zygar worked for “Newsweek” Russia and the business daily “Kommersant,” where he covered the conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Serbia, and Kosovo. He is a fluent English speaker. Mikhail is the author of the book ‘All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin’ which was released in the UK in September 2016.