Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime

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A timely look at a widespread yet largely uninvestigated area of Russian life. Chapters include: consideration of the history and basis in culture for the organization of crime in Russia; the actions of émigrés to the USA; and the development of modern sophistications of exchange and networking that currently blight privatization. Diverse perspectives including comparative, structural and ethnic frameworks, give unprecedented national and international insights into a pervasive element of modern Russia.

Author Biography: Mark Galeotti, Dr, Director, Organised Russian and Eurasian Crime Research Unit, Keele University, UK.

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The series of topic-specific volumes that reproduces articles from criminology journals, here turns its gaze on the new and distinctive form of organized crime that has crawled from beneath the ruins of the Soviet Union. A beginning section looks at criminal foundations in five articles mostly from the 1970s and 1980s. The rest of the 23 articles are from the 1990s, and cover what the is, assessments, Russian organized crime and the Russian economy, and the global dimensions of Russian organized crime. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Preface
1 Criminal Russia: The Traditions Behind the Headlines 3
2 The Society of the Vory-v-Zakone, 1930s-1950s 7
3 "Thieves" in the USSR - A Social Phenomenon 31
4 Corruption in the Soviet System 47
5 The Cultural Bases of Soviet Georgia's Second Economy 55
6 Crime in the Soviet Union: Early Glimpses of the True Story 73
7 Thieves Professing the Code: The Traditional Role of Vory v Zakone in Russia's Criminal World and Adaptations to a New Social Reality 89
8 The Russian "Mafiya" 107
9 Primitive Capitalist Accumulation: Russia as a Racket 121
10 Russian Organized Crime: Its History, Structure and Function 141
11 Is Sicily the Future of Russia? Private Protection and the Rise of the Russian Mafia 173
12 Organized Crime in the West and in the Former USSR: An Attempted Comparison 211
13 Post-Soviet Organized Crime: Implications for Economic, Social and Political Development 223
14 Organized Crime in Russia Today 241
15 Shunning Tradition: Ethnic Organized Crime in the Former Soviet Union 245
16 Privatizatsiya and Kriminalizatsiya: How Organized Crime Is Hijacking Privatization 249
17 Practices of Exchange and Networking in Russia 257
18 Violent Entrepreneurship in Post-Communist Russia 273
19 The Mafiya and the New Russia 287
20 The Sexy Russian Mafia 305
21 Hysteria, Complacency and Russian Organized Crime 311
22 Russian Emigre Crime in the United States: Organized Crime or Crime that is Organized? 317
23 Inside the Russian Mafiya 335
Name Index 337
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