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Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya / Edition 1
     

Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya / Edition 1

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by Stephen Handelman
 

ISBN-10: 0300063865

ISBN-13: 9780300063868

Pub. Date: 04/01/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

This riveting book is the first comprehensive investigation into the organized crime and corruption that plague Russia today. Describing a society under the sway of gangster bosses, corrupt army generals, bank swindlers, drug dealers, and uranium thieves, the book shows how "mafiya" crime lords and still-powerful former Soviet bureaucrats-so-called "comrade criminals"

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This riveting book is the first comprehensive investigation into the organized crime and corruption that plague Russia today. Describing a society under the sway of gangster bosses, corrupt army generals, bank swindlers, drug dealers, and uranium thieves, the book shows how "mafiya" crime lords and still-powerful former Soviet bureaucrats-so-called "comrade criminals"-have sabotaged their country's attempt at revolution and reform.

Stephen Handelman, Moscow bureau chief for The Toronto Star from 1987 to 1992, has based his book on interviews with more than 150 Russians-mobsters, police, political crusaders, former KGB agents, new millionaires, and ordinary citizens. Handelman traces the roots of the criminal underworld to elements of society that have existed on the margins of Russian life for centuries and that during the last twenty years of Soviet power became an essential arm of the black-market economy. He reveals how organized crime has flourished since the demise of totalitarianism, and how the Russian mafiya has begun to export to American cities not only guns and drugs but also its particular brand of mob violence. And he shows the detrimental effects crime has had-and will continue to have-on political and economic reform in the new states of the former Soviet Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300063868
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really helped me on a paper I was writing. This vignettes were especially diverting and the material is fascinating.