Mark Franchetti is the Moscow-based correspondent for The Sunday Times. Fluent in five languages, Franchetti was awarded the British Press Award in 2003, after reporting on the Moscow theatre siege, when he entered the building twice during the hostage taking to interview the terrorists and a Foreign Press Association award in 2004 for his reports on the alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians by U.S Marines. He mainly writes about Russia and the former Soviet Union, has reported extensively on the conflict in Chechnya and covered the wars in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, and Ukraine.
He works both in print and TV and has presented and produced several prime time documentaries. Among them are, “Terror in Moscow” for Britain’s C4 which was shortlisted for a BAFTA. For the BBC: “Britain’s Most Wanted”, about Andrei Lugovoi, following the death by poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. “Should We Be Scared of Russia”, a BBC Panorama after the war in Georgia. “The Berlusconi Show”, about the former Italian Prime Minister and “Italy’s Bloodiest Mafia”, an investigation into the Camorra. In 2013 he produced The Condemned, his first feature length documentary, spending three weeks inside a remote Russian prison exclusively for murderers. Franchetti is currently producing and co-directing a feature length documentary about the Bolshoi Theatre.