The Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI invites you to a discussion with author Tom Burgis.

Everywhere, the powerful are making a renewed claim to the greatest prize of all: to own the truth, the power to choose what they want reality to be and impose that reality on the world. For three years, Tom Burgis followed a lead that took him deeper and deeper into ‘Cuckooland – the place where the rich own the truth’. Burgis hunted down oligarchs, developed secret sources and traced vast sums of money flowing between multinational corporations, ex-Soviet dictators and the west’s ruling elites. And he found one man who wanted the power to bend reality to his will.

This is an astonishing story of secrets and lies that reveals how fragile the truth can be. Whether it’s in Kazakh torture chambers or the UK’s High Court, the lords of Cuckooland are seizing control of the truth. They decree what stories may be told about war, money and power; what we are permitted to know; and more importantly, what we are not.

Moderator: Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI.

Cuckooland: Where the Rich Own the Truth by Tom Burgis










Joining Instructions

This event will take place in-person at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. Please note that tea and coffee will be available from 16:30 with the discussion starting at 17:00.

If you have any questions regarding this event, email [email protected].

About the speaker

Tom Burgis

Tom Burgis

Investigations Correspondent , The Guardian

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