Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with The Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has also covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Luke was the correspondent of The Guardian in Russia from 2007 until, returning from a stay in the UK in 2011, he was refused re-entry and deported, supposedly due to his damning coverage of Russia. He became the first foreign journalist to be expelled from Russia since the end of the Cold War.
His book, Mafia State (2011), discussed his experience in Russia and the political system under Vladimir Putin. In 2013, a book he co-wrote with David Leigh, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy (2011), was made into a Hollywood film, The Fifth Estate. He also co-wrote The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (1997), nominated for the Orwell Prize and The Snowden Files, which is the basis of a new film to be released in 2016.
Luke's new book A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West (2016) follows a British public inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's death.