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There has been an alarming increase in the number of cases brought by wealthy people in British courts against journalists. Members of parliament thought they had solved the libel problem when they changed the law around defamation in 2013, but some magnates and moguls don't appear to have got the memo.

The most high profile example of recent times has been the parallel cases brought by Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club; Russia's Rosneft oil company; and several other tycoons against Catherine Belton and HarperCollins, the publishers of her book Putin's People. The final case was settled at the end of last year, and the Frontline Club is delighted to host a kleptoscope evening dedicated to discussing what Britain needs to do about libel.


  • Oliver Bullough (Journalist)

    Oliver Bullough


    Oliver Bullough is a journalist and author from Wales who moved in 1999 to Russia to work as a journalist. He specialises in writing about financial crime, kleptocracy and money laundering.

    He is the author of Moneyland and Butler to the World.

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  • Catherine Belton (Reporter at Reuters News)

    Catherine Belton

    Reporter at Reuters News

    Catherine worked from 2007-2013 as the Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, and in 2016 as the newspaper's legal correspondent.
    She is the author of Putin’s People.

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  • Arabella Pike (Publishing Director of HarperCollins)

    Arabella Pike

    Publishing Director of HarperCollins

    Arabella is Catherine Belton's publisher.

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  • Caroline Kean (Solicitor and Partner at Wiggin)

    Caroline Kean

    Solicitor and Partner at Wiggin


    Caroline represented Catherine Belton and HarperCollins.

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  • Susan Coughtrie (Project Director of The Foreign Policy Centre)

    Susan Coughtrie

    Project Director of The Foreign Policy Centre

    Project director at the Foreign Policy Centre and author of its 'Unsafe for Scrutiny' report.

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