Lucy Ash

Lucy Ash presents radio and TV documentaries for BBC Current Affairs. She began her career in Moscow just as the Soviet Union was falling apart and she has followed developments there ever since. Driven by a passion for justice and human rights, she focuses on characters at the margins of society and conflicts which have dropped out of the headlines.

She speaks fluent French, Russian and she is a trustee of Jerwood Arts. She lives in London. Lucy’s work has been described as “unforgettable” and “taken from journalism’s top drawer”. She has won the Sony GoldAmnesty International, the One World Radio Documentary Award, New York Festivals Radio Award and Radio Story of the Year award from the Foreign Press Association.

The Baton and the Cross combines historical research with vivid present-day reportage, to explore the impact the Orthodox Church is having on Russia, its view of itself and its role in the world.