Jewish Book Week 2023 Saturday 25 February - Sunday 05 March | Tickets now on sale

The Story of Russia: Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes

Chair: Nick Cohen

05/03/2023 11:00 am
Kings Place, Hall 1

Ticket Price : £18.50

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No country has been so divided over its past, or reinvented its story so often, as Russia. To understand what Putin’s regime means for the future we need to unravel Russia’s history. There can be few better guides than historian Orlando Figes, whose books have been translated into over 30 languages. In The Story of Russia – a book of 2022 in the Sunday Times, the FT and the Telegraph – he makes sense of the world’s largest nation through the vibrant characters whose stories remain so important, from Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great to the bitter last days of the Romanovs. In conversation with journalist and author Nick Cohen.

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Orlando Figes


Orlando Figes is an award-winning author and historian, who has held teaching posts at Birkbeck College, University of London and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. His entire life has been dedicated to the study of Russian history.

Figes was born in London in 1959 and studied History at the University of Cambridge. He is the bestselling author of nine books on Russian and European history, including Natasha’s Dance and A People’s Tragedy, and his books have been translated into over 30 languages. His new book, The Story of Russia is published by Bloomsbury.
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Nick Cohen


Nick Cohen is a freelance journalist and author, whose books include What’s Left? How Liberals Lost their Way and You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom.

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