Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West

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Edward LucasA lecture by Edward Lucas, International Editor, The Economist.

Edward Lucas will discuss issues from east-west espionage during the cold-war to modern Russian spying. His latest book, published on 1 March 2012, Deception, uncovers the real story of Anna Chapman and her colleagues in Britain and America, unveiling their clandestine missions and the spy-hunt that led to their downfall. It reveals unknown triumphs and disasters of Western intelligence in the Cold War, providing the background to the new world of industrial and political espionage. To tell the story of post-Soviet espionage, Lucas draws on exclusive interviews with Russia's top NATO spy, Herman Simm, and unveils the horrific treatment of a Moscow lawyer who dared to challenge the ruling criminal syndicate there.

Edward Lucas is the International Editor of The Economist and also oversees the paper's political coverage of Central and Eastern Europe. He has been covering the region for more than twenty years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire, Boris Yeltsin's downfall and Vladimir Putin's rise to power. From 1992 to 1994, he was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow.  The New Cold War was his first book.

Copies of Deception will be available to purchase at the lecture.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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