The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy

Paperback | February 10, 2005

byFederico 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 theRussian 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 todayto 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 with the victims of the Mafia, criminals, and officials; and documents from the Gulag archives. It alsoprovides 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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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 theRussian state to define property rights and p...

Federico Varese is at University Lecturer in Criminology and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:February 10, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279497

ISBN - 13:9780199279494

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The Transition to the Market and Protection in Russia1. The Transition to the Market2. The State as Supplier of Protection3. Varieties of ProtectorsII. Private Protection in Perm4. Searching for Protection5. The Contract and the ServicesIII. The Russian Mafia6. The Mafia in Perm7. Mafia Ancestors: The vory-v-zakone, 1920s-1950s8. The Rusian MafiaConclusion

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`The first comprehensive study of the Russian Mafia is by a young Italian scholar, Federico Varese. His book is an extraordinary account.'Il Manifesto (Rome)