Catherine Merridale in conversation with Séamus Martin.

Both beautiful and profoundly menacing, the Kremlin has dominated Moscow for many centuries. Behind its great red walls many of the most startling events in Russia’s history have been acted out. It is both a real place and an imaginative idea; a shorthand for a certain kind of secretive power, but also the heart of a specific Russian authenticity. Don’t miss Catherine Merridale, one of the foremost experts on 20th-century Russian history, as she discusses her exceptional new book Red Fortress with Séamus Martin.

Professor Merridale is the author of many books on Russian history including her tour de force on the ordinary Russian soldier, 'Ivan’s War: The Red Army, 1939-45'