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Moscow Calling

Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent

In Moscow Calling, published in 2018, Angus Roxburgh recalls four decades of Soviet and Russian life, which he witnessed while living there first as a translator, and then as a correspondent for The Sunday Times and the BBC.

    This is not the Russia of news reports, but a quirky, crazy, exasperating, beautiful, tumultuous world that in forty years has changed completely, and yet not at all.

     From the dark, fearful days of communism and his adventures reporting the Soviet Union's collapse into chaos, to his frustrating work as a media consultant in Putin’s Kremlin, Roxburgh has a unique take on Russian history, culture, high politics and everyday life.


The Strongman

Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia


Shortlisted for International Affairs Book of the Year, Political Book Awards 2012


“The considerable value of this book lies in [Roxburgh's] painstaking and empathetic effort to understand how Mr Putin came to power, why many Russians still support him today, and how the West's approach to Russia has helped to shape his rule.” - The Wall Street Journal


“... admirable even-handedness and insight.” - The Independent


Preachers of Hate

The Rise of the Far Right


A study of the rise of populism and nationalism in Europe, looking in turn at the various countries where far-right parties have become major political forces. What accounts for their rise, and what can be done about it?


"Roxburgh's book concisely sets out the scale of the challenge facing progressive politics, a challenge that our generation cannot shirk." - David Lammy, The Guardian


The Second Russian Revolution

The Struggle for Power in the Kremlin



The story of perestroika and the end of communism, based on extensive interviews with Kremlin insiders.



Inside the Soviet News Machine



The chief propaganda voice of the Soviet Communist Party - its history, its editorial process and policies, censorship, its readers and contributors, its circulation, style, language - and how it responded to Gorbachev's calls for openness.