Location: Committee Room 21, House of Commons,
Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA
Speakers: Dr Andrew Foxall, Author, Putin’s Useful Idiots: Britain’s Left, Right and Russia. Peter Pomerantsev, Journalist, Author and Television Producer
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Putin’s Useful Idiots: Britain’s Left, Right and Russia begins to expose the Kremlin’s network of political influence in the UK. The report documents how, over the last five years, Moscow has cultivated relationships with ideologically-friendly individuals, movements and parties – from both sides of the political spectrum. Some have praised Putin and voiced their support for Russia’s actions in Ukraine; others participate in events organised by the Kremlin or Kremlin-backed organisations; yet more have appeared on Russia’s propaganda networks. Through its networks, the Kremlin aims to plant seeds of discord in the UK. These tactics are subtle in comparison to the Kremlin’s efforts in Eastern and Central Europe, where it seeks to ensure the failure of pro-Western governments. Throughout Europe, Russia seeks to undermine Western values, which President Putin sees as a threat to his hold on power.
By kind invitation of Ian Austin MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Andrew Foxall and Peter Pomerantsev. Dr Foxall will examine how both the left and the right have allowed themselves to be seduced by Putin. He will talk about how Russia can be a point of ideological convergence for marginalised political figures in the UK. Mr Pomerantsev will discuss how deceptive, dangerous a friend Putin may prove to be to politicians across Europe.
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Dr Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society. Previously, he held academic positions at the University of Oxford and Queen’s University, Belfast. His research focuses on economic, political and security trends in Russia and the Former Soviet Union. He is the author of Ethnic Relations in Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge, 2014) and numerous academic articles.
Peter Pomerantsev is a Soviet-born British journalist, author and television producer. He coined the term ‘post-modern dictatorship’ to describe Putin’s regime and is the author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia (Faber & Faber, 2015).