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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2010
“A relentless investigation that demonstrates how, with Putin’s rise, the KSB has taken its place ‘at the head table of power and prestige in Russia.’ ”

Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2010
“Few people are better placed than Mr. Soldatov and Ms. Borogan to write with authority on this subject. They run the website Agentura.Ru, a magpie's nest of news and analysis that presents a well-informed view of the inner workings of this secret state. Given the fates that have befallen other investigative journalists in Russia in recent years, some might fear for the authors' safety. But the publication of the "The New Nobility" in English is welcome; it should be essential reading for those who hold naïve hopes about Russia's development or who pooh-pooh the fears of its neighbors.” 

Foreign Policy, September 17, 2010
“The authors bring hard-digging, fact-based journalism to an aspect of Russia that has been hard to document and understand… Sober and probing.”

Basil and Spice, September 14, 2010
“A non-fiction book that reads like a spy thriller… The New Nobility is an important book, well written and meticulously researched by two journalists with the right sources, both inside and outside the FSB.”

Sunday Times (UK), September 19, 2010
“This compelling book is a distillation of [Soldavov & Borogan’s] work on the website. Drawing on considerable research it describes how the KGB, for decades at the violent vanguard of the communist dictatorship, switched effortlessly after the fall of the Soviet Union, preserving the stability of the new ultra-capitalist Kremlin; same people, many of the same methods, different name and economic system.”

The Guardian, September 25, 2010
“Because every page in this book gainsays his claim in the most forceful fashion imaginable that democracy is now decisive in defining Russia's political direction…. It is the product of two profoundly courageous Russian journalists who are meticulous about their reporting…. It is because they are Russian and superbly professional journalists that this book offers dozens of insights that no outsider could provide.”

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.”

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”
 
New York Review of Books, January 3, 2011
“As it has in earlier contests over leadership, the country’s all-powerful Federal Security Service (FSB) is bound to have a crucial part in deciding who will be the next president. (This agency made the original arrests in the Khodorkovsky case, discussed below, which has great significance for the presidential succession.) This is why The New Nobility, which explains how the FSB has evolved over the past decade into an organization with enormous political and economic influence, is such an important and timely book…. Using anonymous sources from within the security services and the Kremlin, along with on-the-spot reporting, Soldatov and Borogan have uncovered new and significant information on the FSB and its relations with the Russian leadership.”

Sunday Telegraph (UK) October 2, 2011
“An authoritative and brave investigation into nefarious dealings by the Russian security service the FSB, which replaced the KGB an on which Vladimir Putin relies.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586489236
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 931,204
  • File size: 372 KB

Meet the Author

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.”
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Part I: The FSB Regains Power Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick

Introduction Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 3

1 The Dawn of a New Era: The Birth of the FSB Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 9

2 Friends in High Places: Cultivating the Security Services Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 23

3 "The Interests of the State Demand It": Spymania Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 35

4 The Threat Within: Infiltrating Countermovements Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 49

5 Targeting Extremism: The Rise of "Watchdog Surveillance" Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 63

6 Living Off the Fat of the Land: The New Elite Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 75

7 The Love of the Game: The FSB and National Sport Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 83

8 The Renaissance of Yuri Andropov Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 91

9 The Propaganda Machine: Image-Making and the FSB Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 101

10 The Secret Underground Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 117

11 Lefortovo Prison Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 125

Part II Response To Terrorism Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick

12 The Nord-Ost Siege Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 135

13 The Beslan Crisis Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 155

14 The Russian Response Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 165

15 Extrajudicial Killings Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 179

Part III Activity Abroad Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick

16 Assassinations Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 193

17 FSB Intelligence Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 209

18 Hackers Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 227

Conclusion Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 239

Appendix 1 Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 243

Appendix 2 Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 247

Acknowledgments Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 251

Notes Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 255

Index Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 285

About the Authors Nick Fielding Fielding, Nick 301

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