Heidi Blake

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Chatham, Kent, England
Alma materUniversity of York
Journalist who took part in the II linked Tackling Tools of Malign Influence conference

Employment.png Writer

In office
October 2022 - Present
EmployerThe New Yorker

Employment.png Editor and Reporter

In office
March 2015 - June 2022
Took part in Tackling Tools of Malign Influence

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In office
November 2011 - March 2015
EmployerThe Sunday Times

Employment.png Investigations Reporter

In office
September 2008 - November 2011
EmployerThe Telegraph

Heidi Blake is a journalist who took part in the 2018 Tackling Tools of Malign Influence.


Blake worked for the Daily Telegraph. There she worked on a December 2010 undercover sting on Vince Cable. In 2011, she began working for the Sunday Times. In 2015, she was hired by BuzzFeed to head its UK investigative journalism team.[1]

In 2022, she joined The New Yorker as a contributing writer.[2]


Author of the 2019 book From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West[3].

The blurb for the book indicates why she was tapped by the Integrity Initiative, with lurid reinforcement of official narratives regarding Russia, the Skripal case and the innocence of the British and US spook agencies:

They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin.

The spies in the riverside headquarters of MI6 looked on with horror as the scope of the Kremlin's global killing campaign became all too clear. And, across the Atlantic, American intelligence officials watched with mounting alarm as the bodies piled up, concerned that the tide of death could spread to the United States. Those fears intensified when a one-time Kremlin henchman was found bludgeoned to death in a Washington, D.C. penthouse. But it wasn't until Putin's assassins unleashed a deadly chemical weapon on the streets of Britain, endangering hundreds of members of the public in a failed attempt to slay the double agent Sergei Skripal, that Western governments were finally forced to admit that the killing had spun out of control.

Unflinchingly documenting the growing web of death on British and American soil, Heidi Blake bravely exposes the Kremlin's assassination campaign as part of Putin's ruthless pursuit of global dominance-and reveals why Western governments have failed to stop the bloodshed. The unforgettable story that emerges whisks us from London's high-end night clubs to Miami's million-dollar hideouts, ultimately rendering a bone-chilling portrait of money, betrayal, and murder, written with the pace and propulsive power of a thriller.[4]


Event Participated in

Tackling Tools of Malign Influence1 November 20182 November 2018London
Frontline Club
Integrity Initiative conference about "Russian Propaganda"
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