Home > News and media > Video and audio > Channels > Public lectures and events > Public lectures and events: media player

How to contact us

For technical and editorial queries, please use:


To contribute video and audio content, please use:


For queries about forthcoming events, please see the public events| website.

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the struggle for Russia

Download: Audio

Speaker(s): Angus Roxburgh
Chair: Professor Margot Light

Recorded on 10 January 2012 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

Former BBC correspondent Angus Roxburgh talks about his new book on the Putin years and Russia's relationship with the West. Drawing on exclusive interviews conducted for a new BBC documentary series, he describes Putin's descent into authoritarianism, and also argues that the West threw away chances to bring Russia in from the cold, by failing to understand its fears and aspirations following the collapse of communism.

This event marks the publication of Angus Roxburgh's latest book The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the struggle for Russia.

Angus Roxburgh is one of Britain's most distinguished foreign correspondents. An author and renowned journalist, he was the Sunday Times Moscow Correspondent in the mid-1980s and the BBC's Moscow correspondent during the Yeltsin years. He is the author of The Second Russian Revolution and Pravda: Inside the Soviet Press Machine.

Event posting