Anti-Soviet novel

­Owen Matthews – Newsweek Bureau Chief in Moscow

The Newsweek bureau chief in Moscow Owen Matthews has been roving around the world searching for great stories. But he found his best story in Moscow, trying to trace his family tree. Born in London to a Russian mother and a Welsh father, he became a journalist and arrived in Moscow to plunge into work and break away on his own. Instead, he stumbled upon his roots…and he started searching for more. He dug through KGB archives until he found the tragic story of his grandfather, who died at the hands of Stalin’s secret police. Owen became fascinated by Russia, and says despite his relatives having to escape from this country, they still carry something of it inside themselves. To explain more on his dramatic family story – Owen Matthews joins us today on Spotlight.