Networking Breakfast with Alan Philps

How Stalin Turned Western War Reporters into Kremlin Stooges


Alan Philps has worked as a journalist in Russia at various times since he was posted there as a Reuters trainee in 1979. Returning to Moscow in 1985 at the start of the Gorbachev era, he was expelled in retaliation for Margaret Thatcher’s clear-out of Soviet spies from London. He joined the foreign staff of The Daily Telegraph, returning to Russia as Moscow correspondent 1994-98, then moving to Jerusalem to cover the Second Intifada, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the US invasion of Iraq. He returned to London to be the Telegraph’s foreign editor in 2003. In 2006 he helped to start The National, an English language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and in 2011 he was hired by Chatham House to re-launch its bi-monthly magazine, The World Today.


He has written two books on Russian themes:  The Boy from Baby House 10, about abandoned children and international adoption, and The Red Hotel, published in April 2023 which tells the story of Stalin’s wartime campaign though the experience of foreign journalists and their Soviet translators who lived and worked in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow.


Timing:  8.00 for 8.30 start

Tickets:  Included for Full Salon Members. £45 for non-members and guests

Ticket price will include Continental breakfast, tea, coffee, juices

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