RUSSIA’S ASSASSINATIONS ABROAD
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RUSSIA’S ASSASSINATIONS ABROAD
17 July @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
SPEAKERS: Marina Litvinenko, activist and campaigner; Luke Harding, Guardian correspondent; and Giles Udy, historian and author
During Vladimir Putin’s time in power a number of his critics and opponents have been murdered – both inside and outside of Russia. The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018 brought this issue back to the headlines. It recalled the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 and led to renewed questions about the Kremlin’s activities in the UK and its assassinations abroad, more broadly.
By kind invitation of The Rt Hon. Ben Bradshaw MP, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Marina Litvinenko, Luke Harding, and Giles Udy. This distinguished panel will draw on their expertise and personal experience to put Russia’s actions in context.
Marina Litvinenko is an activist, campaigner and the widow of Alexander Litvinenko. Marina graduated from the Industrial Petrochemical and Gas Institute as an Economist-Engineer. In 1990 she began to teach choreography, and married Alexander Litvinenko in 1994. After Alexander fled Russia in 2000, Marina and their son Anatoly followed and received political asylum in the UK, living in London for the next six years. On November 2006, Alexander died from radioactive Polonium-210 poisoning. Marina also suffered symptoms of radioactive poisoning. Marina pursued justice for her husband through the founding of the Litvinenko Justice Foundation and continues to speak out for the rights of Russian nationals. Marina co-authored Death of a Dissident, published in 2007, with Alex Goldfarb.
Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief. In February 2011 the Kremlin deported him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War. In 2017, Luke’s book; Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win was published simultaneously in ten countries.
Giles Udy is a historian who has spent the past fifteen years studying Soviet Communism, with a particular focus on the repression of its citizens and its sponsorship of revolution and subversion abroad. In the process he has acquired wider expertise in relation to Russia and Eastern Europe today – where, as the Russian Federation seeks to re-establish itself as an imperial power, the parallels with the Soviet era are many. His original work is on the Soviet gulag and in pursuit of that research Giles has travelled thousands of miles across Russia, visiting some of the most isolated parts of the country. He is a member of the council of the Keston Institute, Oxford, and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School in London. He is author of Labour and the Gulag: Russia and the Seduction of the British Left (Biteback).
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