What’s old is new: a personal perspective on disarmament, the end of the last Cold War and the start of a new one

The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
6:30 pm - 8 pm

Photograph of the American inspection station in Votkinsk by Otto Stokes

Photograph of the American inspection station in Votkinsk by Otto Stokes

While studying at Cornell University Justin Lifflander did internships with the FBI and State Department. After receiving a degree in Soviet Government he went to Moscow in 1987 to be a driver-mechanic at the US embassy. A year and a half later he moved to the foothills of the Ural Mountains to the town of Votkinsk—birthplace of Tchaikovsky and the finest road-mobile nuclear missiles— where he worked as an inspector for the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. After his stint as a weapons inspector he joined Hewlett-Packard Russia and then served as business editor of The Moscow Times daily newspaper from 2010 to 2014. Justin received Russian citizenship in 2000 and now resides in Moscow with his wife, son and mother-in-law. His memoir, How Not to Become a Spy: A memoir of love at the end of the Cold War, was published in English in 2014 and in Russian at the end of last year.