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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Shelly Han
February 22, 2012


WASHINGTON—Today the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) announced the following briefing:

Dispatches from Moscow: Luke Harding’s chilling tale of KGB harassment
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
2:00 pm
210 Cannon House Office Building

Please join the U.S. Helsinki Commission for a timely on-the-record discussion with veteran war correspondent and acclaimed author Luke Harding. Last year, Harding became the first Western journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War.

Arriving in Moscow in 2007 as Guardian correspondent, Harding’s incisive reporting on sensitive subjects such as human rights abuses in the North Caucasus and the secret wealth of senior officials earned him a faithful readership and the wrath of Russia’s secret police. Struggling to faithfully report the news, he experienced numerous break-ins, aggressive surveillance, and was even summoned to the infamous Lefortovo prison.

Harding’s recently published Mafia State has been called, “required reading for anyone seeking to understand the new yet familiar face of Russian authoritarianism.”


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