Circling the Lion's Den

Andrei Soldatov

Editor of Agentura.Ru

Andrei Soldatov is an investigative journalist. He is editor of Agentura.Ru, an information hub on intelligence agencies. In 1996 he began his career as a reporter at Segodnya, a popular Russian newspaper. From 1998-1999 he was a staff writer of Kompania magazin. In September 2000, while working at Izvestia, began with several colleagues the Agentura.Ru project. From 2002-2004 he was a chief of section of the weekly newspaper Versiya.

In November 2002, the FSB brought criminal charges against him and Versiya for revealing state secrets after Soldatov published an article questioning the FSB version of the storming of the Nord-Ost Theater, which had been seized by Chechen terrorists in October 2002. He was questioned at the Lefortovo, and the charges were dropped in December 2002.

In July 2004, Soldatov joined Moscow News, an influantial weekly, as the secret services commentator. He covered the siege in Beslan for Echo of Moskvy, a leading independent radio station, and Moscow News. From January 2006 to November 2008 he worked for Novaya Gazeta. He covered the 2006 Lebanon War from Lebanon and tensions in West Bank and Gaza Strip for Novaya Gazeta.

In June 2008 Soldatov was questioned once again by the FSB over his interview with former SVR officer Sergei Tretyakov, who defected to the United States in 2000. This interview was published in Novaya Gazeta.

Soldatov regularly makes comments on terrorism and intelligence issues for Vedomosti, Radio Free Europe and the BBC. He is a columnist for Ezhednevny Journal and The Moscow Times. Since the autumn 2010 Soldatov writes for Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan's book The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB is published in September 2010 by PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In October 2012 Agentura.Ru, Privacy International and Citizen Lab launched the joint project entitled 'Russias Surveillance State' with Andrei Soldatov as a head of the project. The aims of the project were to undertake research and investigation into surveillance practices in Russia, including the trade in and use of surveillance technologies, and to publicise research and investigative findings to improve national and international awareness of surveillance and secrecy practices in Russia.

On October 6, 2013 The Guardian reported the research made by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan over surveillance measures introduced by the Russian authorities at the 2014 Winter Olympics, including extensive electronic eavesdropping and surveillance.[11] The investigation was conducted in collaboration with Citizen Lab and Privacy International. The publication of the research prompted three European parliamentarians to raise concerns about surveillance at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Sophie in 't Veld, a Dutch member of the European parliament, and two other MEPs have tabled written questions in attempt to open a debate over Russian snooping.

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