The breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of optimism around the world, but Russia today is actively involved in subversive information warfare, manipulating the media to destabilize its enemies. How did a country that embraced freedom and market reform 25 years ago end up as an autocratic police state bent once again on confrontation with America?
Arkady Ostrovsky is a Russian-born journalist whose articles for the Financial Times were the first to warn of the resurgence of the security state under Putin. A finalist for the Pulitzer prize, he is the Russia editor for The Economist and was for many years its Moscow bureau chief. Ostrovsky studied Russian theater history in Moscow and holds a PhD in English literature from Cambridge University. His translation of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia has been published and staged in Russia. Ostrovsky is a regular guest on radio and TV, where he comments on Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Invention of Russia won the Orwell Prize.