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Putin’s Long War: From Chechnya to Ukraine, with John Sweeney

Award-winning journalist John Sweeney throws a light on Putin's sinister ambitions and poses urgent questions about how the world should respond

In the midst of one of the darkest acts of aggression in modern history – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – award-winning journalist John Sweeney came to Intelligence Squared to draw on thirty years of his own reporting – from the Moscow apartment bombings to the atrocities committed by the Russian Army in Chechnya, to the annexation of Crimea and a confrontation with Putin over the shooting down of flight MH17 – to help us understand the true extent of Putin’s long war.

Drawing on his new book Killer in the Kremlin, which documents eyewitness accounts and compelling testimony from those who have suffered at the hands of Putin and his entourage, he discussed the heroism of the Russian opposition, the bravery of the Ukrainian resistance, and the brutality with which the Kremlin responds to such acts of defiance, assassinating or locking away its critics, and stopping at nothing to achieve its imperialist aims.

Sweeney threw a light on Putin’s sinister ambitions and poses urgent questions about how the world should respond.


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Speaker

John Sweeney

Award winning writer and reporter, Killer in the Kremlin is his new book


Award winning writer and reporter who has spent much of 2022 in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. He worked as an investigative journalist for BBC Newsnight and Panorama for 17 years and is the author of 12 books, including the best-selling novel set during the war in Burma, Elephant Moon and the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Murder On The Malta Express, which in December 2020 won a national book award in Malta. His new book is Killer in the Kremlin. 
Chair

Carl Miller

Research Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at the think tank Demos


Research Director and co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at the think tank Demos. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and a Commissioner of Newham’s Democracy and Civic Participation Commission. He presents the BBC's flagship technology programme 'Click' and is author of The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab.