Catherine Belton

Investigative Correspondent, Reuters

PATRON EVENT: Putin’s KGB At Home And Abroad

About the Topic

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President-elect Joe Biden opens a new era in U.S. foreign policy with the nomination of Antony Blinken as Secretary of State. When it comes to Russia, the contrast with the current administration will be sharp. President Donald Trump has steadfastly expressed support for Russian President and former KGB agent Vladimir Putin. Biden had long been among the Kremlin’s most vocal critics, warning in 2015 that “Corruption is the new tool of foreign policy . . . Russia and others are using corruption and oligarchs as tools of coercion.” A skilled Putin observer, journalist Catherine Belton will map the way the KGB, business, and crime intersect to threaten Western democracies. How profound are the challenges for a Biden administration? And might there now be opportunities for cooperation between the U.S. and Russia?

About the Speaker

Based in London, Catherine Belton is an investigative correspondent for Reuters. Previously Belton spent 16 years as a correspondent in Russia, reporting for The Financial Times, The Moscow Times, and Businessweek. She dedicated seven years to her first book Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West (2020). Widely praised among Russia-watchers, the book was also a Sunday Times bestseller. She tweets @Catherine Belton.