Born in Russia in 1957, Alexander came to Britain in the 1960s with his mother and his stepfather. In 1979 he returned to Russia to study at the Moscow State University for International Relations, where he read politics, international law and economics. Alexander then worked for TASS, the Soviet press agency, first as a reporter and later as a political correspondent. After moving to TASS’s London office in 1989, Alexander covered major events in Britain and Europe, interviewing leading politicians, entertainers and even members of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, Alexander investigated high-level corruption, tracked down mafia bosses and uncovered international criminal activity.In the mid 1990s Alexander traveled the world as a troubleshooter for the Kremlin.
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