Russia and the West: Unmasking Spies and Expelling Diplomats

Kursnummer: 18821on

Russia and the West: Unmasking Spies and Expelling Diplomats
Business as usual or emergence of a new conflict?

When: Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 9:00-10:00 CET; 10:00-11:00 Moscow Time
Where: Concordia Cloud

Registration is mandatory. Zoom link will be sent one day before the event.
Registration deadline: Monday, 10 May 2021, Noon.

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Partner: Presseclub Concordia

Speakers:

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

Andrei Soldatov is a Russian investigative journalist, co-founder, and editor of Agentura.ru, a watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities. Writing for a variety of Russian and international media, Soldatov has been covering security services and terrorism issues since 1999.

Soldatov is the 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 (Public Affairs, 2015) and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad (Public Affairs, 2019).

Irina Borogan is a Russian investigative journalist, co-founder and deputy editor of Agentura.ru, a watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities. She has covered the secret services, terrorist attacks and war conflicts in Russia and across the globe. Borogan has chronicled the Kremlin’s campaign to gain control of civil society and strengthen the government’s police services under the pretext of fighting extremism.

Borogan coauthored three books with Andrei Soldatov: The New Nobility: Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB, The Red Web: The Kremlin’s wars on the Internet and The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad.

Soldatov and Borogan are currently fellows at King’s College London.

Background

Arms depot explosions and an assassination attempt in Bulgaria were likely perpetrated by Russia, alleged Bulgarian prosecutors, after the Czech Republic, a fellow Nato ally, claimed that the explosion of ammunitions in 2014, killing two people, was perpetuated by Russia’s agents. Allegedly, the same two agents involved in the Skripal case poisoning in 2018, according to Bellingcat reports, were involved exploding the arms depot in the Czech Republic.

A series of diplomatic expulsion from the EU capitals and Moscow have followed these revelations. Moscow regularly denies all allegations.

Do recent events reflect a regular pattern of Russia’s secret services’ operations or is there an escalation? What do diplomatic and spy conflicts reveal about the relations between Russia and the West?

Format:

Introductory talk focusing on the recent events, followed by a live Q@A.

Concept and Moderation:

Mirjana Tomic

Target Audience

Journalists, analysts and academics. Maximum number of participants: 100

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93.

11.05.202109:00 - 10:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan
Online (Zoom)