Luke Harding - Shadow State

In conversation with Matt Stadlen

Luke Harding - Shadow State





Saturday 6 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

5.00pm - 6.00pm

Adults £10 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5

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The Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief Luke Harding tells an extraordinary story in his new book Shadow State. In conversation with Matt Stadlen, he reveals how Russia’s spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit, murdered enemies and threatened the very basis of Western democracy.

No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive minibomb in London. The Kremlin has done both. More often than not its operatives come in disguise. They pose as tourists, journalists, businessmen. Its methods include fake news, cyber intrusions and the poisoning of our politics through dirty money. In Shadow State, Harding sheds light on those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war in the UK and beyond.

The Guardian journalist Luke Harding was expelled from Moscow in the first case of its kind since the Cold War. He is the author of Collusion (a New York Times #1 bestseller), A Very Expensive Poison, The Snowden Files and Mafia State, as well as the co-author of WikiLeaks and The Liar (nominated for the Orwell Prize).

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Luke-Harding (photo: Murdo McLeod / The Guardian)