From Russia to Wikileaks: reflections from a Guardian correspondent

Luke Harding, journalist, author and former Guardian Moscow correspondent, will be giving a special lecture at Leeds on Thursday 9 February.

The author of 'Russia: The Mafia State' and co-author of 'Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy' will be offering insights into his time in Russia and considering the fallout of the Guardian's involvement with Wikileaks.

With Vladimir Putin set to return as Russian President in 2012, the country's surrender to autocracy deserves scrutiny. What went wrong in Russia, which showed such hope in the days of perestroika and after the collapse of communism? The revival of Soviet-era practices has included the systematic intimidation, harassment, expulsion and imprisonment of public figures who question or criticize the status quo.  Harding's account of his experiences, which saw him become one of the most hated foreign journalists in Russia and led to his expulsion in February 2011, is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the new yet familiar face of Russian authoritarianism. 

The lecture will take place:

On:  Thursday 9 February 2012

At:   5.30-6.45pm

In:   Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building

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For more information about the lecture, contact Dr Chris Paterson.

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