Past eventUnder 35s Forum

The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB

4 October 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Chatham House, London


Andrei Soldatov, author, The New Nobility; founder and editor of
Irina Borogan, author, The New Nobility; founder and editor of
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.