Synopses & Reviews
The security services have played a centraland#151;and often mysteriousand#151;role at key turning points in Russia during the tumultuous years following the Soviet collapse: from the Moscow apartment house bombings and theater siege, to the war in Chechnya and the Beslan school massacre. In this riveting investigation, two intrepid journalists penetrate the secret world of the FSB and illustrate how the security services have evolved into a ruthless, violently powerful force that is inextricably woven into modern Russiaand#8217;s fundamental makeup, and has become more shadowy than its predecessor, the Soviet KGB.
A penetrating investigation into how the KGB rose from the ashes of the Soviet Union and reinvented itself at the heart of the Russian state during Vladimir Putinand#8217;s rule
About the Author
Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are cofounders 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 and#147;A Web Site That Came in From the Cold to Unveil Russian Secrets.and#8221;