Circling the Lion's Den

Irina Borogan

Journalist, deputy editor of Agentura.Ru

Irina Borogan is an investigative journalist and a deputy editor of Agentura.Ru. She started her journalistic career in 1996 as a reporter at Segodnya newspaper. In 1999 she covered the NATO bombings in Serbia, in September 2000, then at Izvestia, Borogan covered law enforcement agencies and criminal activity. She was cofounder of the project Agentura.Ru.

In November 2002 Irina Borogan was interrogated twice by FSB officers because of forthcoming article on the storming of the Nord-Ost theater. In 2002-2005 she reported on espionage charges leveled by the FSB, and she regularly chronicled the increasing influence of the special services in the Russian government.

In 2004 Borogan reported on the Beslan hostage crisis for Moscow News. In 2006 she covered Lebanon War from Lebanon and tensions in West Bank and Gaza Strip for Novaya Gazeta.

In 2009 Borogan started a series of articles investigating the Kremlin's campaign to gain control of civil society and strengthen the government's police services under pretext of fighting extremism. The series was published in Ezhednevny Journal and on Agentura.Ru. Borogan is a regular commentator on the Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and the BBC Russian service.

Borogan regularly makes comments on terrorism for the Moscow Times and writes for Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan's book The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB is published in September 2010 by PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Agentura.Ru 2010