Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan


Soldatov, Andrei, and Irina Borogan. The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. New York: PublicAffairs, 2010.

See also, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, "Russia's Secret Services Today," Intelligencer 18, no. 2 (Winter-Spring 2011): 13-16, which is "based" on this work. An "Editor's Note" points to a streaming video of the authors made at the New America Foundation on 11 October 2010:

Lucas, Wall Street Journal, 17 Sep. 2010, calls this book "a disturbing portrait" of the FSB, "a sprawling empire, with capabilities ranging from electronic intelligence-gathering to control of Russia's borders and operations beyond them." This "should be essential reading for those who hold naïve hopes about Russia's development or who pooh-pooh the fears of its neighbors." The authors "give skimpy treatment to the FSB's ... rivals within the Russian bureaucracy: the GRU military-intelligence service and the SVR." For Peake, Studies 55/2 (Jun. 2011), this work "presents a persuasive, well-documented view of the FSB that only dedicated, risk-taking Russians could provide."


Soldatov, Andrei, and Irina Borogan. "Russia's New Nobility: The Rise of the Security Services in Putin's Kremlin." Foreign Affairs 89, no. 5 (Sep.-Oct. 2010): 80-96.

Over the last decade, "the FSB ... has been granted the role of the new elite, enjoying expanded responsibilities and immunity from public oversight or parliamentary control.... The FSB's skeptical and xenophobic outlook has helped shape Russia's approach to the West.... Although Putin awarded high-ranking security officers more privileges and benefits, they retreated from risk and responsibility and thus proved less than effective in their duties, leading to lasting questions about their role in Russia's future."


Soldatov, Andrei, and Irina Borogan. "The Spies Were No Joke." Foreign Policy, 22 Jul. 2010. []

"For many, the arrest of 12 Russian spies in the United States was a signal that the drama of the Cold War had returned as farce." As innocuous as their activities seem, "the West would do well to pay attention to just how closely the methods and intentions of Russia's current intelligence agency, the SVR, replicate those of Soviet-era intelligence agencies. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a KGB veteran, has concertedly molded the SVR in the image of its Soviet-era predecessor, most of all in its relentless focus on spying on the West. Indeed, the Russian spy ring wasn't an aberration, but a reflection of precisely the way that Putin wants his intelligence agencies to operate."


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