Mark Galeotti

Executive Director, Mayak Intelligence

Dr Mark Galeotti is one of the world’s leading experts on Russian crime and security (which are often one and the same), which may explain why Moscow banned him in 2022. After a stint with the Foreign Office, he has been a scholar and think-tanker in London, New York, Moscow, Prague and Florence, and now heads the consultancy Mayak Intelligence and is an honorary professor at University College London and a senior fellow with RUSI and the Council on Geostrategy. His more than 30 books include Putin’s Wars: from Chechnya to Ukraine (2022), The Weaponisation of Everything (2022) and We Need to Talk about Putin (2019).