Arkady Ostrovsky

Editor for Russia and Eastern Europe in the London office of The Economist

A British journalist who spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent in Moscow – first for The Financial Times and then for The Economist. He is currently editor for Russia and Eastern Europe in the London office of The Economist. He was awarded the 2016 Orwell Prize for his book The Invention of Russia – From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War. The book describes how a country that was freed from Soviet totalitarianism from the 1970s is now threatening its own future and how people who rejected communist ideology can accept state propaganda. A fascinating journey through Russia’s busy post-Soviet years and its transformation.