Expelled by Luke Harding

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He proves a keen, sensitive chronicler of the growing chasm between Russia’s haves and have-nots.


In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a correspondent for the British newspaper, The Guardian. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service --the successor to the KGB--had broken into his apartment. He found himself tailed by men in leather jackets, bugged, and even summoned to the KGB's notorious prison, Lefortovo. The break-in was the beginning of an extraordinary psychological war against the journalist and his family. Windows left open in his children's bedroom, secret police agents tailing Harding on the street, and customs agents harassing the family as they left and entered the country became the norm. The campaign of persecution burst into the open in 2011 when the Kremlin expelled Harding from Moscow--the first western reporter to be deported from Russia since the days of the Cold War. Expelled is a brilliant and haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called "enemies"--human rights workers, western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists. It includes illuminating diplomatic cables which describe Russia as a "virtual mafia state". Harding gives a personal and compelling portrait of Russia that--in its bid to remain a superpower--is descending into a corrupt police state.


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Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with The Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. He is currently based at The Guardian's office in London.
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Apr 15 2012

He proves a keen, sensitive chronicler of the growing chasm between Russia’s haves and have-nots.

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Reviewed by Seth Mandel on Jun 12 2012

Mr. Harding’s book is a good primer on what they hope to leave behind.

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Reviewed by Sam Collett on Nov 11 2011

This is an angry, personal and quickly put together book.

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Reviewed by Vadim Nikitin on Jun 13 2012

...never once does it challenge our preconceptions–or even his own, perhaps–of Russia...

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