Angus Roxburgh was born to Scottish parents in Yorkshire, England, in 1954, but moved at the age of four to Scotland. He was brought up on the North Sea coast, in Dunbar and Stonehaven, then attended the University of Aberdeen, where he studied Russian and German. He also studied for a year at the University of Zurich.

After graduating he taught Russian for a year at university, then moved to Moscow in 1978 for two years to work as a translator.

After writing a book about the Soviet newspaper Pravda, he got a job with the BBC Monitoring Service, and began writing for Scottish and UK newspapers. In 1987 he became a sub-editor on The Guardian, and in October that year was appointed Moscow Correspondent of the Sunday Times. He was also The Economist’s stringer in Moscow.

In 1989 he was kicked out of the USSR in a tit-for-tat spy scandal after the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher expelled Soviet spies from London. Angus then joined a new Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Correspondent, covering the fall of communism across Eastern Europe.

He then worked as consultant on an award-winning six-part TV documentary about Gorbachev’s perestroika reforms in Russia, titled The Second Russian Revolution, and wrote a book with the same title.



In September 1991 he was appointed BBC Moscow correspondent, and throughout the Nineties covered the Yeltsin years, including the war in Chechnya and the chaotic introduction of capitalism in Russia. During this time he made several radio and TV documentaries.

From 1998 to 2003 he was the BBC’s Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels. After this he worked as a freelance journalist in Brussels, at the same time returning to his early passion for music. He began to write songs and to perform in a Brussels music club.

In 2006 he accepted a job as a media adviser to the Russian government, gaining fresh insight into the workings of the Putin regime - something he put to good use three years later when he worked as consultant on another documentary series for the BBC, “Putin, Russia & the West”. He also wrote a book about Putin entitled “The Strongman”, which was published in January 2012.

During these years Angus also recorded his first album, “Harmonies For One” which was released in December 2011. He has performed in Brussels, Glasgow, New York and Bratislava.

In 2014 he moved back to Scotland and is currently writing another book and planning another album of music.