Edward Lucas (journalist)

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Lucas in 2010

Edward Lucas (born 3 May 1962) is a British journalist.

Lucas works for The Economist, the London-based global news weekly. He was the Moscow bureau chief from 1998 to 2002, and thereafter the central and east European correspondent.[1] He has also been a correspondent for The Independent and the BBC. Lucas also writes occasionally for The Daily Mail.

Edward Lucas is Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C.[2]

Education and early work[edit]

He was educated at Winchester College and the London School of Economics (being a member of its University Challenge team in 1984) and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. His father is the Oxford philosopher John Lucas.


Lucas has contributed to several books, including Why I am still an Anglican (Continuum 2006). Lucas's own book, The New Cold War, appeared in 2008. Newsweek stated that "Lucas has built a very strong case for the prosecution [of Vladimir Putin]. And, on all too many of the counts in his indictment, the defendant looks smugly guilty".[3] The Sunday Telegraph called it the best portrait to date of the mentality of Putin's ruling class.[4]

The Independent wrote: "His book's urgency is fueled by the belief that, while the Russian bear has been sharpening its claws, the West has slept. Our first mistake, he argues, is ever to have regarded Russia as "normal". Our second has been to take our eyes off the ball, so obsessed with the "war on terror" that we have failed to understand the implications of Kremlin policy and pronouncements, as personified by Vladimir Putin."[5] The book received praise from Vladimir Bukovsky, Mart Laar and Oleg Gordievsky, and criticism from John Laughland and Alexander Zaitchik.[6][7]

The book's 2009 edition contains more opinions on the Russia-Georgia War of 2008 and Russia's pipeline politics.[8]

Lucas has condemned whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying "If Snowden had approached me with these documents I would have marched him down to Bow Street police station and asked them to arrest him."[9] Lucas has written an e-book called ‘’The Snowden Operation: Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster’’ detailing his own conspiracy theory that Snowden was working as a Russian spy.[10]


On 1 December 2014, Edward Lucas became the first e-resident of Estonia.[11]

Personal life[edit]

His second wife is the columnist Cristina Odone, with whom he has one child; he had two children with his first wife Claudia.[12]


  • The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West , Palgrave Macmillan (19 February 2008), ISBN 0-230-60612-1.
  • Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today, Walker & Company (19 June 2012), ISBN 978-0802711571


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