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Author Handelman, Stephen.
Title Comrade criminal : Russia's new mafiya / Stephen Handelman.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [1995]

Author Handelman, Stephen.
Subject Organized crime -- Russia (Federation)
Political corruption -- Russia (Federation)
Post-communism -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Social conditions -- 1991-
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Description 1 online resource (x, 398 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-389) and index.
Contents Thieves world -- Vor -- Mozhaisky embankment -- Comrade criminal -- Life and death on the Russian frontier -- The criminal state -- Post-Soviet man -- How to steal a billion rubles -- Masters of Moscow -- "They can shoot, they can kill" -- The smugglers -- Narco-Bizness -- The guns of Grozny -- Red army Bazaar -- The Baltic connection -- The evil empire revisited -- Cops and commissars -- General Sterligov and his friends -- The Chinatown gang -- Who lost Russia?
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585371660 (electronic bk.)
9780585371665 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 48138749
Additional Format Print version: Handelman, Stephen. Comrade criminal. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1995 0300063520 (DLC) 95002378 (OCoLC)32014586

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