Distinguished journalist Misha Glenny to appear at the Apex next month

Misha Glenny is a distinguished journalist, author and historian. He is also one of the world’s leading experts on cybercrime and the global mafia, having spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world.

In an illuminating talk at The Apex, on June 5, he will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and the cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security.

As Central Europe correspondent for the Guardian and the BBC, Glenny chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia and won the Sony Gold Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to broadcasting’.

A regular broadcaster on radio and television, Glenny still contributes regularly to the Guardian, Observer and New York Times, as well as specialist journals and books dealing with south-eastern Europe.

Glenny has advised several Southern European countries on policy-making and legislation and is informally consulted on a regular basis by the British Foreign Office, the US State Department and the British Army, as well as by US, European and south European think-tanks. He is also a regular keynote speaker at conferences on organized crime, globalization, south-eastern Europe and US–Europe relations.

His 2008 book McMafia is a comprehensive look at an unseen industry that Glenny believes may account for 15% of the world’s GDP.

He spoke to gangsters, policemen and victims of organised crime, exploring the ferocious consumer demands for drugs, women, labour and weapons across five continents.

To research this magisterial work, Glenny penetrated the convoluted, globalized and franchised modern underworld – from drug smugglers in British Columbia to people traffickers in Eastern Europe, Japanese yakuza and Nigerian scammers – often at considerable personal risk.

McMafia was recently made into an eight-part television series for BBC1, which aired earlier this year and stars James Norton as Alex Godman, the British-raised son of a Russian mafia boss, whose father is trying to escape from the world of organised crime.

The UK Parliament recently passed the ‘McMafia law’, which protects British property from being used for money laundering. National Crime Agency bosses estimate that £90 billion a year is now being laundered in the UK – twice the size of the entire defence budget.

A passionate and humorous speaker, Glenny has travelled the world to expose the often-invisible super-smart criminals that populate his writings and broadcasts. This is a rare opportunity to hear a true expert take you into the minds of his underworld subjects and as executive producer and script consultant on the TV series, a chance to discover what it took to bring his extraordinary cast of characters to life on the small screen. 

Misha Glenny will be speaking at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, June 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website www.theapex.co.uk for more details, or to book.

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