Over the last years, stories of nefarious Russian operations abroad, and of Norwegian espionage in Russia, have increasingly resonated in media. Recently, Aleksey Navalny, the opposition leader, was poisoned in an attack that European governments seem to attribute to the FSB, the federal security service.
From troll factories in Saint Petersburg, through mercenaries in Africa and Syria, to an attack on a Chechen blogger in Sweden in February – Russia seems to try to undermine democratic institutions (such as elections) abroad and persecute its critics in exile. What can Norway expect in the future, and how should we protect our own society and strengthen democracy in Russia?
Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are probably Russia’s most recognized experts on Russia’s security state, and have written several books on the topic. In this years Anna Politkovskaya seminar they are interviewed by Aage Borchgrevink, head of section, from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.