Wednesday 26th September 2018, at the Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street. London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7.00pm. “Marking the Centenary of a Russian Coup d’Etat and the Life of Secret Agent Captain Leo Steveni MC OBE” An illustrated talk by MARTIN VANDER WEYER.
Leo Steveni’s kinsman Major Peter Steveney will introduce the talk with his personal recollections of this remarkable SIS officer.
The daring deeds of Captain Leo Steveni more than match those found in the thrillers of Ian Fleming or John Le Carre. This talk highlights his activities during the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War. In the words of one historian “Steveni was a thorough-going reactionary who desired a complete restoration of the Tsarist regime”. He was in the thick of the key event of the Omsk coup, and was later accused of secretly promoting Kolchak’s rise to power in order to advance British interests in the outcome of the Civil War. Later in Persia he had a hand in the escape from Russia of Stalin’s Secretary Boris Bajanov. This talk includes many other amazing feats in a fascinating military career.
Martin Vander Weyer is a columnist for “The Spectator”, a regular contributor to “the Telegraph” and the distinguished author of a number of books on Economics & Politics.
“A ROLLER COASTER OF INTRIGUE & DARING. LIKE A BOND FILM!”
We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow