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Peter Pomerantsev: The Role of the Media in Russia

Thursday 26 February @19.00pm Seminar rooms 1+2

In conjunction with The Scotland-Russia Forum, the Edinburgh University Politics and International Relations Society will be hosting a discussion by Peter Pomerantsev, speaking about his book on the activities and role of the Russian media – inside and outside Russia. The event will be held in Seminar Room 1 & 2 of the Chrystal MacMillan Building, and there will be a drinks reception after the talk, as well as an opportunity to buy copies of 'Nothing is True'.

Peter Pomerantsev is an Edinburgh graduate, author and documentary producer. His writing is featured regularly in the London Review of Books, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, the New Yorker, and other European and US publications and think... tanks. He worked for nine years in Moscow, some of the time as a TV producer, and has written extensively about how Putin's Russia has reinvented propaganda - and what the West should do about it. He is the winner of the SOPA (Society of Press in Asia) award for writing about Mongolia and was a fellow of the “Russia in Global Dialogue” programme at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna. In November 2014 he co-authored (with Michael Weiss) the influential Interpreter / IMR report The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London.

His book about working inside Russian media, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, was released in November 2014 in the US and will be out in February 2015 in the UK. It is an Amazon book of the month, a Radio 4 book of the week, and was praised as 'dazzling' and sparkling' by the NYT and WSJ. PJ O'Rourke described it as 'The strangest book of note I have ever read...a calm and incisive report on the current state of affairs in Russia. Yet it reads like a comedy of manners, a dark and grotesque comedy of manners, a State Department white paper co-authored by Evelyn Waugh and Franz Kafka. And not only that, but Nothing Is True is a bildungsroman, too.'