Russian Mafia Private Protection in a New Market Economy

ISBN-10: 0199279497

ISBN-13: 9780199279494

Edition: 2005

Authors: Federico Varese

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What is the Russian Mafia? This unique book thoroughly researches this question and challenges widely-held views. The author charts the emergence of the Russian Mafia in the context of the transition to the market, the privatization of protection, and pervasive corruption. The ability of the Russian state to define property rights and protect contracts is compared to the services offered by fragments of the state apparatus, private security firms, ethnic crime groups, the Cossacks,and the Mafia. Past criminal traditions, rituals, and norms have been resuscitated by the Mafia of today to forge a powerful new identity and compete in a crowded market for protection. The book draws on reports of undercover police operations; in-depth interviews conducted over several years withthe victims of the Mafia, criminals, and officials; and documents from the Gulag archives. It also provides a comparative study, making references to other Mafia (the Japanese Yakuza, the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, the American-Italian Mafia, and the Hong Kong Triads).
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Federico Varese is professor of criminology at the University of Oxford. He is the author of "The Russian Mafia" and editor of "Organized Crime".

Introduction
The Transition to the Market and Protection in Russia
The Transition to the Market
The State as Supplier of Protection
Varieties of Protectors
Private Protection in Perm
Searching for Protection
The Contract and the Serices
The Russian Mafia
The Mafia in Perm
Mafia Ancestors: The vory-v-zakone, 1920s-1950s
The Rusian Mafia
Conclusion
Appendices
List of Respondents and Interview Content
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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