Investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov was invited to speak at the next Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee meeting planned on 21 January (15-18.30), 22 January (9-12.30 and 15-18.30), 23 January (9-12.30 and 15-18.30) and 30 January (9-12.30).

The European Parliament, in its Resolution of 4 July 2013, instructed the LIBE Committee to conduct an inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens and to report its findings to the plenary of the European Parliament.

Soldatov was invited to make a contribution to the inquiry via videoconference as a speaker to exchange views on the Russian SORM system. Soldatov will provide a public presentation, followed by questions by Members of the Committee.

Along with Irina Borogan, Soldatov has written extensively about the Russian surveillance state and their investigation prompted European parliamentarians to raise concerns about surveillance at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

Borogan and Soldatov are currently working on a joint Citizen Lab, Privacy International and Agentura.Ru project entitled “Russia’s Surveillance State”.

For more information about the LIBE Committee meeting, see here.

**View the video of Soldatov’s remarks.