Andrei Soldatov, raised and schooled in Moscow, began his career as a reporter at Russia's Segodnya newspaper in 1996, and subsequently worked for Izvestia Moscow News, Ekho Moscow (radio), Versiya, Vedomosti, and Novaya Gazeta covering Russian secret services and counterterrorism. In 2000, with fellow Project Klebnikov member Irina Borogan, he co-founded Agentura.Ru, an information hub on Russian intelligence services. Soldatov was interrogated twice by the FSB, once for having interviewed a defector, and again for his coverage of the Moscow theatre crisis. He is co-author with Borogan of three books, including "The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries," in 2015, and "The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Èmigrès, and Agents Abroad," in 2019. He regularly comments on terrorism and intelligence topics for international media.