Khodorkovsky’s Prison Diaries

Sputnik will be presenting the first public presentation in the UK of Khodorkovsky’s Prison Diaries on 23 October 2013…. The Prison Diaries have been published in Russia in the Novoe Vremya (New Times) newspaper. There are 11 stories in the series so far – although Khodorkovsky continues to write them. The prison stories give an insight into Khodorkovsky’s time in prison – shedding light both on his own story as well as on Russia’s flawed judicial and prison systems.

The stories will be be given a public reading at the Frontline Club in London at 7pm on Wednesday 23 of October 2013. Khodorkovsky’s writings will be adapted for performance and directed by Sputnik’s artistic director, Noah Birksted-Breen.

Jonathan McGuinness will be performing the Diairies. Jonathan has acted in numerous plays at the top British theatres including: The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, The Knocky, Corner Boys (Royal Court); The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Tempest (RSC); Metamorphosis (Vesturport/Lyric Hammersmith); Once in a Lifetime, Playing with Fire, The UN Inspector (National Theatre). His television roles include: Bletchley Circle, Silk, Casualty, Doctors, The Catherine Tate Show, Robin Hood.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion of experts on contemporary Russian politics chaired by Edward Lucas, the international editor of The Economist and author of Deception: Spies, Lies and how Russia Dupes the West. He has covered Russia and Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years.

The panel:

Sir Tony Brenton is a former British Diplomat, he served as Ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008. In 2009 He became a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge and is currently writing a book on Russian history.

Ben Judah reported for Reuters in Moscow before joining the European Council on Foreign Relations in London as a Russia analyst. He is currently a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative and is author of Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell in and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin.

Tonia Samsonova is a foreign correspondent working for Russian radio station Echo Moskvy, she is also a host on TVRain, an independent online TV channel. In 2013 she moved to London to investigate Russian corruption.

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