Andrei Soldatov

Andrei Soldatov

Senior Fellow

Andrei Soldatov is a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for European Policy Analysis. Andrei is a Russian investigative journalist, co-founder, and editor of, a watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities.  He has been covering security services and terrorism issues since 1999.  Soldatov covered the siege in Beslan for Echo of Moskvy, a leading independent radio station, and Moscow News. For Novaya Gazeta, he covered the 2006 Lebanon War from Lebanon and tensions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In October 2012 Agentura.Ru, Privacy International, and Citizen Lab launched the joint project 'Russia’s Surveillance State' with Andrei Soldatov as a head of the project, to undertake research and investigation into surveillance practices in Russia, including the trade in and use of surveillance technologies. The project's research over surveillance measures introduced by the Russian authorities at the 2014 Winter Olympics was run by the Guardian as a frontpage story.

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 (PublicAffairs, 2010), The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries (PublicAffairs, 2015) and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad (PublicAffairs, 2019).

Written by Andrei Soldatov

blank Russia’s Military Telegrams its Discontent Russian troops are using social media channels to discuss the war, despite potentially punitive punishments. The Kremlin won’t like it.
blank The Shadow War: Putin Strips Spies of Ukraine Role Behind-the-scenes maneuvering signals continuing battles for power among the Russian security forces, the siloviki.
blank Vicious Blame Game Erupts Among Putin’s Security Forces The security institutions, the ‘siloviki', that are key to propping up the regime are exchanging recriminations for a growing list of failures in the war on Ukraine.
Photo: Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the participants in the nationwide mutual assistance campaign. March 4, 2021 Credit: Kremlin The Fickle, Failing Friendships of Vladimir Putin The Kremlin pretends that strong personal relationships are a mark of Russia’s president. That’s not really true.
Photo: RYAZAN, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 17, 2020: A live TV broadcast of the 16th annual end-of-year news conference by Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a home appliances store. Credit: Alexander Ryumin/TASS The New Iron Curtain Part 5: Russia’s War Against Silicon Valley When he came to power, Vladimir Putin ignored the Internet. After discovering its power, he has tried to control it. Now, as he wages war in Ukraine, he wants to suppress it. He must not succeed.
Photo: People carry signs as they protest against new anti-terrorism legislation approved by President Vladimir Putin that critics say will curb basic freedoms and make it easier for the authorities to stifle dissent, in Moscow's Sokolniki park, Russia, August 9, 2016. The signs read: "Do not talk!" (C), "Guarantor of constitution, leave us at least some of the rights" (L) and "No to choking of freedom with the package of laws by (Russian lawmaker Irina) Yarovaya" (R). Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev The New Iron Curtain Part 4: Russia’s Sovereign Internet Takes Root In 2019, Putin signed new legislation to shut Russians off from information disputing the Kremlin narrative. Western tech helped build the censorship apparatus.