Mark Hollingsworth

Mark Hollingsworth


Mark Hollingsworth is the author of Londongrad - From Russia With Cash (HarperCollins, 2012) and an expert on the activities of Russian Oligarchs.

He has written books on MI5 and the Saudi Royal family and contributes regularly to the The Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Guardian and The Spectator.

His timely and critically acclaimed, Agents of Influence - How the KGB Subverted Western Democracies was published by Oneworld in 2023.

Mark Hollingsworth

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Agents of Influence by Mark Hollingsworth

Agents of Influence reveals the secret history of an intelligence agency gone out of control, accountable to no one but itself and intent on subverting Western politics on a near-inconceivable scale. In 1985, 1,300 KGB officers were stationed in the USA. The FBI only had 350 counter-intelligence officers. Since the early days of the Cold War, the KGB seduced parliamentarians and diplomats, infiltrated the highest echelons of the Civil Service, and planted fake news in papers across the world.

More disturbingly, it never stopped. Putin is a KGB man through and through. Journalist Mark Hollingworth reveals how disinformation, kompromat and secret surveillance continue to play key roles in Russia’s war with Ukraine. It seems frighteningly easy to destabilise Western democracy.

  • 'A gripping story filled with remarkable revelations.' Tom Bower, author of Revenge
  • 'From honey traps to hit jobs, the plot twists like The Third Man in post-war Vienna. Mark Hollingsworth ably traces the history of active measures from Lenin’s Chekists to the present day. Deeply researched, fluently written and insightful, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the threat Putin’s Russia poses to us here in Britain. ' Edward Lucas, author of Deception
  • 'A valuable account of an important and highly topical subject – Russian intelligence operations against the West… A must-read for anyone wishing to understand the origins of the malign mindset and obsession of Vladimir Putin and his acolytes.' Christopher Steele, former MI6 officer in Russia, 1990-93

Other Publications

by Mark Hollingsworth

    Agents of Influence
    Saudi Babylon