Russia - A mafia state?

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In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a
correspondent for The Guardian. Not long after, mysterious agents
from Russia’s Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB,
broke into his flat. He was followed, bugged, and even summoned to
Lefortovo, the FSB’s notorious prison. The break-in was the
beginning of a psychological war against the journalist and his
family that burst into the open in 2011 when he was expelled from
Moscow for reporting allegations that under Vladimir Putin the
country had become a "virtual mafia state". The first western
reporter to be deported from Russia since the days of the Cold War,
Luke Harding has written about his run-in with the new Russia in
his recently published book, Mafia State. It includes unpublished
material from confidential US diplomatic cables, published by
WikiLeaks last year, that described Russia as a “virtual mafia
state”. Luke Harding will be joined by a panel at the Frontline
Club to discuss his experiences as The Guardian's Moscow
correspondent and what they tell us about Russia today. Chaired by
James Meek, writer and reporter. He has reported for the Guardian
since 1985, between 1991 and 1999 from the former USSR. In 2004 his
reporting from Iraq and about Guantanamo Bay won a number of
awards, including Britain's Foreign Reporter of the Year award. He
is the author of two collections of short stories and four novels,
most recently We Are Now Beginning Our Descent. With: Luke Harding,
the Guardian's Moscow correspondent. He was previously the
Guardian's South Asia correspondent in New Delhi, and has reported
for the paper from Afghanistan and Iraq. Author of Mafia State: How
one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia and the
co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's war on secrecy.
Angus Roxburgh, author and renowned journalist, he was the Sunday
Times Moscow correspondent in the mid-1980s and the BBC’s Moscow
correspondent during the Yeltsin year


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