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14th November 2014, 8:56am
BBC diplomatic correspondent to speak on the Ukraine crisis
Bridget Kendall to talk on Ukraine The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent and Russia expert Bridget Kendall MBE will visit the University of Lincoln next week to give the latest talk in the University’s Great Minds guest lecture series.

Bridget, who is a Visiting Professor in Journalism at the University, will present a lecture entitled The Return of East West Tensions: The Crisis over Ukraine.

The talk will take place on Monday 17th November 2014 in the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building, on the main Brayford Pool campus, with registration at 5.30pm. Admission is free but booking is essential.

The award-winning journalist began her career at BBC World Service before joining BBC Two's Newsnight programme and then working as producer, editor and presenter on a range of current affairs programmes.

She has a particular interest in Russia and its relations with the West and spent a decade following political developments.

Bridget was Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1995 and witnessed the power struggles in the Soviet Communist party as Mikhail Gorbachev tried to introduce reform, reported on the break-up of the Soviet Union and the subsequent internal conflicts in Chechnya, Georgia and Tadjikistan. She sent eyewitness reports of the dramatic coup in August 1991 and later covered Boris Yeltsin's rise to power.

During the NATO campaign against Yugoslavia and the American-led campaign in Afghanistan, she followed diplomatic and military developments on a daily basis for BBC News.

Bridget has interviewed several world leaders including President Putin live in Russia from the Kremlin as part of a worldwide internet webcast in March 2001.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Bridget back to give what promises to be a fascinating talk. There can be few more qualified commentators on the crisis in the Ukraine.”

The University of Lincoln’s Great Minds guest lecture series aims to provide inspirational insights into different aspects of society – from research science to elite sport - for school and college students in Years 11, 12 and 13. A limited number of places are also available to the public.

Previous Great Minds speakers include the Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees, award-winning actor John Hurt, and naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham.

For more information about this talk and the upcoming series, or to book your place, contact the University of Lincoln Events team on tel: 01522 837100 or email:, or visit

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