Edward Lucas (journalist)

Lucas in 2010

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

Lucas has been noted for his strong criticism of the Russian government, in particular of Vladimir Putin. He coined the term Whataboutism.

Early life and education and early work

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 worked as a staff writer for The Economist,[3] and has written for other publications such as The Times. He has contributed to several books, including Why I am still an Anglican (Continuum 2006).

Lucas's book, The New Cold War, was published in 2008. Newsweek asserted 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".[4] The Sunday Telegraph called it the best portrait to date of the mentality of Putin's ruling class.[5]

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."[6] The book received praise from Vladimir Bukovsky, Mart Laar and Oleg Gordievsky, and criticism from John Laughland and Alexander Zaitchik.[7][8]

The book's 2009 edition contains more opinions on the Russia-Georgia War of 2008 and Russia's pipeline politics.[9]

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."[10] Lucas has written an e-book called The Snowden Operation: Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster detailing his view that Snowden was working as a Russian spy.[11]

Lucas has worked as a staff writer for The Economist.[12]

Personal life

His second wife is the columnist Cristina Odone, with whom he has one child; he had two children with his first wife Claudia.[13] On 1 December 2014, Edward Lucas became the first e-resident of Estonia.[14]



  1. Economist.com journalist listing - Edward Lucas
  2. Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) - People
  3. Edward Lucas' blog - provides articles from the Economist and other publications, as well as unpublished thoughts
  4. The New Cold Warrior. Newsweek.
  5. The last Russian, and the next. The Telegraph. 21 March 2008.
  6. The New Cold War, By Edward Lucas: Why the West must wake up to the threat posed by Putin and the Kremlin. Reviewed by Virginia Rounding. 7 February 2008
  7. Edward Lucas's Cold War Hustle The eXile, 19 November 2007
  8. Predictable Response: Russia's Critics on Medvedev's Victory John Laughland, Brussels Journal, 07/93/2008
  9. New Cold War. Robert Collins. The Observer, 22 February 2009
  10. Economist's Edward Lucas claims Russian 'radio silence' over invasion of Crimea was due to Snowden revelations - Dominic Ponsford - 28 March 2014
  11. Is Snowden a Russian Operative? An Interview with Edward Lucas - Michael Weiss - The Interpreter MagazineJanuary 29, 2014
  12. Edward Lucas' blog - provides articles from the Economist and other publications, as well as unpublished thoughts
  13. Cristina Odone (31 October 2009). "The stepmothers' survival guide". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  14. Journalist Edward Lucas becomes the 1st Estonian e-resident. ERR, 1 December 2014

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