World-recognised expert in Russian politics and security

Owen Powell Memorial Lecture
"Russia and the West: Reasons to be Cheerful?"

Professor Mark Galeotti

Hon. Professor UCL SSEES, Senior Assoc. Fellow at RUSI,
Director, Mayak Intelligence


A world-recognised expert in Russian politics and security, as well as in issues relating to transnational crime, intelligence and modern conflict, Dr Mark Galeotti read History at Cambridge University and took his doctorate in Government at the London School of Economics.

Now a senior researcher at UMV, the Institute for International Relations Prague, and coordinator of its Centre for European Security, he has been a faculty member at Keele University and New York University, a visiting professor at Rutgers-Newark (USA), Charles University (Czech Republic) and MGIMO (Russia).

He has been attached as an adviser to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and consults widely for government and commercial clients across Europe and North America. A prolific author, with more than twenty books to his name, his most recent works include We Need To Talk About Putin (Penguin, 2019) and The Vory: Russia’s super mafia (Yale, 2018). The latter has been translated into thirteen languages, and even released in Russia.