Diplomat, historian, author, and knowledgeable Kremlin-watcher

Sir Tony Brenton"Putin's Russia: Living with the Bear"

Sir Tony Brenton

Former UK Ambassador to Russia



Sir Tony Brenton worked for 30 years for the Foreign Office. From 1980 to 1989 he handled European matters in London and in Brussels, working on energy issues and the birth of European environment policy.

Back in London he ran UN issues in the Foreign Office and took charge of preparation for the 1992 ‘Earth Summit’ which achieved the first global agreement on Climate Change. After a year at Harvard, he learnt Russian and spent 1994-1998 in Moscow dealing with Russian economic reform.

After a further period in London on UN matters (including the establishment of the International Criminal Court) he was posted in 2001 to Washington dealing with the consequences of 9/11, the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war.

In 2004 he was posted to Moscow as Ambassador where he has had to manage Britain’s turbulent relations with Russia over several years. 

He is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and in 2016 co-authored a book on Russian 20th century history "Historically Inevitable?: Turning Points of the Russian Revolution".