“The Portland Spy Ring” by Stephen Dalziel – Thursday, 11 February, 19:00
Thursday 11 February, 19:00 - 20:30
Espionage, spies and secrets are words which excite great curiosity, even fear. Is it the world of James Bond? Or was John le Carré closer to the mark? The Portland Spy Ring of the late 1950s and early 1960s showed how espionage can involve people who live apparently ordinary lives. But serious damage was done to British interests.
WHEN: Thursday, 11 February 2021, 19:00 (GMT)
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About the speaker
Stephen Dalziel has been involved with the Soviet Union and Russia from an early age. After studying Russian in school he gained a degree in Russian Studies from the University of Leeds, which included spending a year in the USSR. He spent six years as a Soviet military analyst at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before moving to the BBC World Service as Russian Affairs Analyst. During 16 years at the BBC, Stephen reported on the collapse of the USSR, the chaos of the 1990s and the rise of Vladimir Putin, interviewing many of those who helped bring about the changes, notably Mikhail Gorbachev. After leaving the BBC, Stephen ran the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce for five years, and for nearly a decade has worked independently on a number of projects, in recent years translating political and history books from Russian to English.
For more information about Stephen Dalziel’s work, please visit his website www.sdwriting.org
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