7 окт 2016 | 19:00
SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00
7 October, 7PM
Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS)
320 Brixton Road
London, SW9 6AB
Jonathan Steele was The Guardian's Bureau Chief in Moscow from 1988 to 1994. In that capacity he closely covered the collapse of the CPSU and the USSR. He was one of the few British reporters who was not away from Russia on holiday in August 1991 when the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev was launched.
He was in the Russian parliament when Yeltsin mounted a tank, and two days later became the only British reporter to travel to the Crimea and interview Gorbachev as the Soviet president was being freed from house arrest in his seaside villa at Foros. In his talk Jonathan will recall these and other events in the Baltics, the Caucasus and Moscow from the tumultuous year of 1991.
Jonathan Steele joined The Guardian in 1965 as a trainee reporter. As East European correspondent he travelled frequently to the USSR and the Warsaw Pact states until being posted to Washington from 1975-79. Back in London he worked as Foreign News Editor until he became Chief Foreign Correspondent in 1982, a job that took him to cover wars in Southern Africa and Central America, as well as the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
Jonathan has written books on the German Democratic Republic, South Africa, and Russia (Andropov in Power, 1983, The Limits of Soviet Power, 1984, and Eternal Russia, 1994).
Normal entrance fees apply (SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00). Light refreshments from 6.30pm.