Arkady Ostrosky The Invention of Russia – The Journey From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War, 15 octobre 2016 10:30, Bishop’s Palace, Wells
Winner of the Orwell Prize for Books 2016
Who ‘invented’ the new Russia? Did it start with Gorbachev, and will it end with Putin? And what happened in between? From the Cold War to war on the borders of Europe, from Gorbachev’s Glasnost and Perestroika to Putin’s authoritarian rule, who pulled which strings? Elaborating on the individuals behind the scenes – journalists, oligarchs, Russian intelligentsia, Kremlin spin doctors and ideologists, Ostrovsky will explain how these figures shaped the country during the tumultuous post- Soviet transformation, and how those who took charge of the media and the message essentially invented Russia’s dominant narrative.
Arkady Ostrovsky, a Russian-born British journalist, has spent fifteen years reporting from Moscow, first for the Financial Times and currently for the Economist.
Jamie Coomarasamy is a regular presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on the BBC World Service. Journalistic postings include Washington, Paris, Warsa