Luke Harding

When?
Tuesday, June 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

38 West Street
Chichester
PO19 1RP

Who?
Luke Harding

What's the talk about?

Chichester Skeptics in the Pub welcome journalist Luke Harding to give a talk this month on Vladimir Putin's Russia. Luke will give a unique, personal and compelling portrait of today's Russia, tow decades after communisim, that reads like a spy thriller.

In 2007 Luke arrived in Moscow to take up a position as the Guardian's Russian correspondent. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service - the successor to the KGB - had broken into his flat. he found himself being tailed by men in cheap leather jackets, bugged and event summoned to a KGB prison.

The break-in was the beginning of an extraordinary psychological war against the journalist and his family. Putin's spies used tactics developed by the KGB and perfected in the 1970s by the Stasi. The clandestine campaign burst into the public eye in 2011 when Luke was expelled from Russia - the first western reporter to be deported since the Cold War.

Luke will give a haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called "enemies" -human rights workers, western diplomats, jorunalists and opposition activists. It includes unpublished material from confidential US diplomatic cables released last year by Wikileaks, which describe Russia as a virtual "mafia state". Luke's talk promises to be a chilling expose of a nation whose ruling elite have eroded the boundaries between government, business and organised crime.

The talk is on 2nd June at the Chichester Inn starting at 7:30pm - tickets cost £3 on the door.