5×15: Dark Data, Dark Money & Putin’s Russia

5×15: Dark Data, Dark Money & Putin’s Russia

25th September 2018

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Oliver Bullough is a prize-winning journalist and author from Wales, who specialises in the former Soviet Union and corruption. His work appears in the Guardian, the New York TimesGQ magazineProspect and elsewhere, and he regularly appears on the BBC, Sky News, CNN and other media outlets. His latest book is Moneyland, about which John le Carré said: “If you want to know why international crooks and their eminently respectable financial advisors walk tall and only the little people pay taxes, this is the ideal book for you”.

Luke Harding is a Guardian foreign correspondent who has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. His last book Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House was published in November 2017 and tackles the subject of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. Collusion was a #1 New York Times best-seller. The Kremlin expelled Harding from Russia in 2011 while working as a reporter in the country. He has written five other books including A Very Expensive Poison, about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, and Mafia State about his work in Russia as a reporter and becoming an enemy of the Kremlin.

Carole Cadwalladr is a British investigative journalist and features writer. She is a former Daily Telegraph journalist who is a features writer for The Observer. She has twice been shortlisted in the British Press Awards. Her first novel, The Family Tree, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Author’s Club First Novel Award, the Waverton Good Read Award, and the Wales Book of the Year. It was also a Daily Mail Book Club pick and was dramatised as a five-part serial on BBC Radio 4. In the US, it was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.
Since late 2016, The Observer has published an extensive series of articles by Cadwalladr about the “right-wing fake news ecosystem”. Anthony Barnett wrote in the blog of The New York Review of Books about Cadwalladr’s articles in The Observer, which have alleged malpractice by the campaigners for Brexit, and the reputed illicit funding of Vote Leave, in the 2016 EU membership referendum. She has also reported on alleged links between Nigel Farage, the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election currently under investigation in the United States. The company Cambridge Analytica is pursuing legal action against The Observer for the claims made in Cadwalladr’s articles, which were published in The Guardian in March 2018. For her work on these issues, Cadwalladr won the British Journalism Awards’ Technology Journalism Award in December 2017 and the Orwell Prize in June 2018.