Catherine Belton

Catherine reports on Russia for the Washington Post. She worked from 2007-2013 as the Moscow Correspondent for the Financial Times. She has previously reported on Russia for the Moscow Times and Business Week. In 2009, she was shortlisted for Business Journalist of the year at the British Press Awards and served as an investigative correspondent for Reuters. In 2023 Belton was awarded an MBE for services to journalism in the New Year’s Honours list.

Her first book, Putin’s People, published by William Collins in 2020, was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller, and a Times, Sunday Times, and Telegraph Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for the 2021 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.

‘Books about modern Russia abound… Belton has surpassed them all. Her much-awaited book is the best and most important on modern Russia. It benefits from a meticulous compilation of open sources, but also from the accounts of disillusioned Kremlin insiders, former business cronies and some remarkably candid people still high up in the system. The result is hair-raising’ — The Times. 

Books by Catherine Belton