Based on over 130 interviews with criminals, law enforcement officials and government representatives from post-Soviet Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, this book situates organized crime in the debate on state formation and examines the diverging patterns in organized crime following the aftermath of these countries' Coloured Revolutions.
About the Author
ALEXANDER KUPATADZEis a scholar with many years of experience in studying organized crime and corruption issues in post-Soviet Eurasia. He obtained his PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, UK, and has held teaching and research positions at the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia, OSCE academy of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University, USA.
Table of Contents
List of Charts and Tables Acknowledgements Introduction Political-criminal Nexus and Patterns of Dominance Impact of Soviet and Post-Soviet Organized Crime Ukraine – Privatisation and Re-privatisation: from Shadowy Takeovers to Corporate Raiding Georgia – Extortion: from Professional Criminals to the 'Revolutionary Government' Kyrgyzstan - Drug Trafficking: from Sportsmeny and Ugalovniki to Police and Elites The Coloured Revolutions and their Consequences Organized Crime, Transitions and State Formation Conclusion Bibliography Index