Andrei Soldatov

News 3 months ago

The Kremlin’s VPN Ban Has KGB Roots (Op-ed)

The Kremlin’s VPN Ban Has KGB Roots (Op-ed)

News 3 months ago

The Kremlin’s ban on VPNs is less about national security than self preservation

Opinion 11 months ago

Security First, Technology Second — Why It’s Back to the Future For Russian IT

Security First, Technology Second — Why It’s Back to the Future For Russian IT

Opinion 11 months ago

In the Bavarian Alps there is a small mountain resort town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, famous for its spectacular views and its hosting of the Nazi Olympics in 1936. It has also, since 2007, been ...

Opinion 1 year ago

RuNet 2016: Pressure Shifts From Companies to Citizens (Op-Ed)

RuNet 2016: Pressure Shifts From Companies to Citizens (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 year ago

The stakes are getting higher in the battle between the state and the Internet giants.

Opinion 3 years ago

FSB Will Welcome Russia's Internet Server Law

FSB Will Welcome Russia's Internet Server Law

Opinion 3 years ago

A little more than two years ago, in March 2012, Sergei Smirnov, first deputy director of the Federal Security Service, presented a policy paper about the threat to state power posed by ...

Opinion 3 years ago

In Front of Putin, Internet Titans Lose Their Nerve

In Front of Putin, Internet Titans Lose Their Nerve

Opinion 3 years ago

Even the recent and onerous restrictions on blogs were only mentioned once at the forum.

Opinion 3 years ago

Putin, the Internet, and Popular Conspiracies

Putin, the Internet, and Popular Conspiracies

Opinion 3 years ago

President Vladimir Putin, who had previously shown complete indifference to the Internet, has suddenly given an exhaustive explanation of his position on the subject. It has thus become clear that on key ...

Opinion 3 years ago

The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

Opinion 3 years ago

The intrigue is growing over the Federal Security Service's involvement in Ukraine. On April 11, Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General said there was no evidence implicating the FSB in events on Maidan Square.

Opinion 3 years ago

FSB Makes Eavesdropping an Olympic Event

FSB Makes Eavesdropping an Olympic Event

Opinion 3 years ago

The Kremlin not only did not deny allegations of illegal spying. They seemed to be proud of it.

Opinion 3 years ago

FSB's Olympic Spying

FSB's Olympic Spying

Opinion 3 years ago

Russian intelligence agencies are violating the law when they gather metadata on citizens without a court order.

Opinion 4 years ago

Russia's Spying Craze

Russia's Spying Craze

Opinion 4 years ago

After the FSB announced its plans to gain direct access to phone calls and e-mails without a court warrant, other Russian agencies said they want in on the spying game.