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Insufficient Vigilance

Episode 9 of 10

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 16 December 2010

In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in her best-seller The Siege. Now, a decade later, starvation and bitter cold have been replaced with fear and suspicion, as the people of Leningrad do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door. For one young doctor, who had no choice but to treat the young son of a high-ranking Secret Service official, life has been destroyed. With the child dying, Andrei has been arrested and interrogated mercilessly and is now held in the notorious Lubyanka prison.

In today's episode: Andrei comes face to face with Gorya's father, Volkov, and learns just what the powerful can do.

The Reader is Sara Kestelman, the abridger is Sally Marmion and the producer is Di Speirs.


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