The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB
Andrei Soldatov, author, The New Nobility; founder and editor of Agentura.ru
Irina Borogan, author, The New Nobility; founder and editor of Agentura.ru
Chair: Alex Nice, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
In the early 1990s, Russia's security services, traumatised by the collapse of the USSR and a popular repudiation of the police state, were fractured and demoralised. Much has changed since then. The speakers will examine how the security service, under the patronage of its most famous alumnus, Vladimir Putin, has come to occupy a powerful position within the Russian state, with dangerous consequences for Russia's political development. Like its KGB predecessor, the FSB is not so much an agency as a class, whose reach extends into government, business and, increasingly, foreign operations.
There will be a drinks reception beforehand from 18.30-19.00.