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

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$19.99  $18.59
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PublicAffairs
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Pages
318
Dimensions
5.9 X 9.0 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
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9781610390552

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About the Author
Andrei Soldatov is an investigative journalist, co-founder, and editor of Agentura.ru, a watchdog of the Russian secret services' activities. He has been covering security services and terrorism issues since 1999, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Moscow Times, Washington Post, Online Journalism Review, Le Monde, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and BBC. He is co-author with Irina Borogan of The New Nobility. The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB (2010), The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries (2015) and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad (2019), all published by PublicAffairs. He lives in London. Irina Borogan is an investigative journalist, co-founder, and deputy editor of Agentura.ru, a watchdog of the Russian secret services' activities. Borogan has reported on terrorism in Yugoslavia, tensions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and has extensively chronicled the Kremlin's campaign to gain greater control of civil society. She is co-author with Andrei Soldatov of The New Nobility. The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB (2010), The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries (2015) and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad (2019), all published by PublicAffairs. Her reporting has also been featured in the New York Times, Moscow Times, Washington Post, Online Journalism Review, Le Monde, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and BBC. She lives in London.
Reviews
Russian Life
"For those looking for yet more evidence that the security services are pulling the strings in modern Russia, look no further than this extraordinary new book from the fearless journalists at agentura.ru. Soldatov (who has written for Russian Life) and Borogan have compiled a history of FSB activities and operations over the past decade that paint a very vivid picture of a security service that has become Russia's new ruling class... With amazing accounts of some of the most significant security crises and counter-terrorist activities of the past decade, Soldatov and Borogan offer insights into FSB operations that have not been offered anywhere to date... A must read." Irish Times, October 30, 2010"Impressively detailed and unsettling... Soldatov and Borogan have done an excellent job in shining a light in some of Russia's darkest corners."
Moscow Times, November 12, 2010
"Fortunately there are inquisitive and intrepid journalists like Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to bring nuance, analysis and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting to the subject of the revival of Russia's security services.... The authors pull no punches in their criticism of endemic corruption and incompetence in the country's security forces. But they do so with a refreshing lack of hysteria, drawing conclusions from facts they were able to document and refusing to indulge in conspiracy theory."

Literary Review, December 2010
"This important monograph, written by a brave and talented team, is a history of the KGB (now called the FSB) over the last fifteen years."

New Statesman, December 6, 2010
"Drawing on extensive investigations, the two journalists have written a gripping account of how veterans of the KGB seized control of the Russian state... This book paints a chilling picture of a country dominated by a power-hungry clique. Anyone who wants to understand Putin's brave new Russia should read it."

Financial World (UK), December 2010"A thorough and very brave examination of an organization that has a tight political, commercial and economic grip on Russia"
The Guardian, October 3, 2010
"If all of this still feels too frivolous, turn to The New Nobility, an inside look at the KGB by a pair of fearless Russian journalists, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan. Charting the organisation's heyday, decline and creeping return to power, it promises to raise the hairs on your neck as effectively as Ackroyd's ghost stories."
Financial Times, October 18, 2010
"A detailed dissection of the FSB, the heir to the KGB, which still casts a long shadow over Moscow. For more than a decade the two authors have run the website Agentura.ru, a gold mine of information on the inner workings of the security services, particularly the FSB. In a country where many journalists have been attacked or killed for speaking truth to power, their reporting has been brave."
Mother Jones, November 2010
"The New Nobility is an unnerving look at the real power behind the new Russia."