Tim Sebastian was born in London in 1952. For over ten 'years he reported for the BBC, mainly from Eastern Europe. As the BBC's correspondent in Warsaw, he witnessed the rise of Solidarity and went on to cover the complete disintegration of the Soviet Bloc. He was the BBC's first television correspondent in Moscow, but was expelled in 1985 for 'activities not compatible with his status' .. The Soviet security services later described him as a British Intelligence operative who worked for the BBC under the code name 'Timosha'. Tim Sebastian denied these charges. He now lives in London, where he divides his time between writing and broadcasting.