Saturday, February 3 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: James Hatt: When a Crime Becomes Treason

Join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Dr. James Hatt, author of the forthcoming book, Playing Chess with Putin: Memoir of an Accidental Spy, to our speaker series.

Russian corporations, many birthed from within the post-Soviet intelligence apparatus, have merged their owners’ requirement to access Western financial and political structures – and those who run them – with the needs of the Russian state.

Using excerpts from his manuscript Playing Chess with Putin, together with original source materials, court transcripts, money laundering investigations, and a fresh look at the US Congressional Leadership of 1996, James Hatt will explore examples of how Russia turned Western appetites for Russian cash and assets into targeted criminal conspiracies that create bear pits of treasonable activity.

About the speaker: James Hatt is an English lawyer who started traveling into Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1989 for the UK telephone company Cable and Wireless, which had been privatized out from the UK Foreign Office by Margaret Thatcher, with the Government retaining a “golden share” influence on both international operations and development.

Dr. Hatt first met Vladimir Putin in October 1990.  When Putin became President, on December 31, 1999, Dr. Hatt was already building and operating fixed, satellite, and mobile telephone companies across Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Georgia, and many other countries of the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Hatt has both witnessed and experienced how Russia weaponizes its commercial undertakings to seek, infiltrate, and corrupt targeted assets for tactical intelligence whilst generating national strategic opportunity through manipulating creative chaos.



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