The New Nobility by Andrei Soldatov
The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB

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In The New Nobility, two courageous Russian investigative journalists open up the closed and murky world of the Russian Federal Security Service.

While Vladimir Putin has been president and prime minister of Russia, the Kremlin has deployed the security services to intimidate the political opposition, reassert the power of the state, and carry out assassinations overseas. At the same time, its agents and spies were put beyond public accountability and blessed with the prestige, benefits, and legitimacy lost since the Soviet collapse.

The security services have played a central— and often mysterious—role at key turning points in Russia during these tumultuous years: from the Moscow apartment house bombings and theater siege, to the war in Chechnya and the Beslan massacre. The security services are not all-powerful; they have made clumsy and sometimes catastrophic blunders. But what is clear is that after the chaotic 1990s, when they were sidelined, they have made a remarkable return to power, abetted by their most famous alumnus, Putin.

 

About Andrei Soldatov

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Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are co-founders of the Agentura.Ru website. Soldatov worked for Novaya Gazeta from 2006 to 2008. Agentura.Ru and its reporting have been featured in the New York Times, the Moscow Times, the Washington Post, Online Journalism Review, Le Monde, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Federation of American Scientists, and the BBC. The New York Times called it "A Web Site That Came in From the Cold to Unveil Russian Secrets."
 
Published September 14, 2010 by PublicAffairs. 321 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the successor to the much loathed and feared KGB became the FSB, decentralized and defanged of much of its espionage activity under Boris Yeltsin, who initiated an unprecedented era of openness.

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Closing down independent political life, branding critics as 'extremists.'

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Huntington News

They are, if you like, our new ‘nobility.'" —Nikolai Patrushev, former Director of the FSB, in a 2000 message when he was director of the FSB, succeeding Vladimir Putin In a non-fiction book that reads like a spy thriller, "The New Nobility" (PublicAffairs, 320 pages, $26.95) Russian investig...

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For example, Patrushev, who headed the FSB from 1999 to 2008, has two grown sons, both of whom graduated from the FSB Training Academy in Moscow before working in that agency and later branching out into what is referred to as the “Active Reserve” (those who work in business, the media, and gover...

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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.

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There's been a lot of talk this week about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden potentially returning to the U.S. “Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,” Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said.

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