‘Inside Putin’s Russia: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible’


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Peter Pomerantsev

Author, Producer and Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute


Oliver Bullough

Author and Journalist

TIME: 1 – 2pm, Wednesday 25th February 2015

VENUE: Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

To attend please RSVP to: eventsassistant1@henryjacksonsociety.org   

The Russia of today is unrecognisable to that of 1991, when the Soviet Union fragmented. The last 24 years have seen a dramatic transformation in the country from fallen superpower to ‘mafia state’, via shock therapy, liberal euphoria, economic collapse, warfare, oligarchy, and mega-rich petro-state. This experience has left Russian society wholly confused: how can you believe in anything when everything around you is changing so fast?

In his book Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Pomerantsev delves into the heart of modern Russia; a country home to a new form of authoritarianism under Vladimir Putin, where all values are changeable and everything moves so fast it breaks all sense of reality.

By kind invitation of Dr. Julian Lewis MP, The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a book launch and discussion with Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, and Oliver Bullough, an award-winning journalist and author. Mr. Pomerantsev will talk about his time working in the Russian media, discuss how Putin’s propaganda machine operates, and outline how Russia is winning the information war. Mr. Bullough will build on these comments, relating them to the political and ethical vacuum visible in Russia and explaining what this means for the country’s future.



Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum. He is also an author and documentary producer. His writing features regularly in the London Review of Books, AtlanticFinancial TimesForeign Policy and elsewhere, focusing largely – though not exclusively – on 21st century propaganda. Previously, Mr. Pomerantsev worked as a consultant on EU and World Bank development projects in the former USSR. His book about working as a TV producer in Putin’s Russia, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, is out now.

Oliver Bullough is an award-winning journalist and author. He has written for newspapers and magazines in Britain and America, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and New Republic, and previously served as a Reuters Moscow correspondent. He is the author of Let Our Fame Be Great (Penguin, 2010). His most recent book, The Last Man in Russia and the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation, was published by Penguin in 2013.

About the Russia Studies Centre

The Russia Studies Centre is a research and advocacy unit operating within The Henry Jackson Society dedicated to analysing contemporary political developments and promoting human rights and political liberty in the Russian Federation. The Centre is headed by Dr. Andrew Foxall.


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