The Red Web

The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries

by Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan

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  • 9781610395731
  • 9781610395748

With important new revelations into the Russian hacking of the 2016 Presidential campaigns

"[Andrei Soldatov is] the single most prominent critic of Russia's surveillance apparatus." -Edward Snowden


After the Moscow protests in 2011-2012, Vladimir Putin became terrified of the internet as a dangerous means for political mobilization and uncensored public debate. Only four years later, the Kremlin used that same platform to disrupt the 2016 presidential election in the United States. How did this transformation happen?

The Red Web is a groundbreaking history of the Kremlin's massive online-surveillance state that exposes just how easily the internet can become the means for repression, control, and geopolitical warfare. In this bold, updated edition, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan offer a perspective from Moscow with new and previously unreported details of the 2016 hacking operation, telling the story of how Russia came to embrace the disruptive potential of the web and interfere with democracy around the world.


  • PublicAffairs; September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781610395748
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The Red Web
  • Author: Andrei Soldatov; Irina Borogan
  • Imprint: PublicAffairs
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781610395731
  • 9781610395748

In The Press

A Library Journal Best Book of 2015
A NPR Great Read of 2015

"[Soldatov and Borogan] pull at the roots of the surveillance system in Russia today, and their research leads them quickly to the paranoid society of the Soviet Union." -The Wall Street Journal

"A well researched and disturbing book by two brave Russian authors." -The Economist

"A gripping book about of the internet and its censorship in post-Soviet Russia... Having covered technology and the security services from the start of their careers in the 1990s, the two Russian journalists have accumulated expert knowledge few can match. And yet they have written a book not for geeks but for anyone who wants to understand how their country works." -Financial Times

"A masterful study of the struggle between the Kremlin's desire to control information and the unruly world of ordinary digital citizens." -The Guardian (UK)

"Soldatov and Borogan, two young journalists, dogged and nervy, are detectives, tracking down players on all sides...A high-tech adventure." -Foreign Affairs


About The Author

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are cofounders of Agentura.Ru and authors of The New Nobility. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Moscow Times, Washington Post, Online Journalism Review, Le Monde, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and BBC. The New York Times has called Agentura.ru "a web site that came in from the cold to unveil Russian secrets." Soldatov and Borogan live in Moscow, Russia.