Russia’s intelligence services have long fixated on the activities of Russian émigrés and exiles abroad. The lurid attacks on former intelligence officers Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko in the UK have captured much of the world’s attention. Yet these operations fit within a much wider body of efforts by Soviet and contemporary Russian intelligence agencies to target, penetrate, and neutralize perceived threats.

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, the leading chroniclers of Russia’s intelligence services, have written a new book that examines this fascinating history. Please join the Carnegie Endowment for a discussion of The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature at the event.


Andrei Soldatov

Andrei Soldatov is an investigative journalist and co-founder of, which focuses on Russian, U.S., British and other Western intelligence services. Together with Borogan, he is the co-author of The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries (2015) and The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB (2010).

Irina Borogan 

Irina Borogan is an investigative journalist, and a co-founder and deputy editor of


Andrew S. Weiss

Andrew S. Weiss is the James Family chair and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.