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Comrade Criminal By Stephen Handelman

Comrade Criminal by Stephen Handelman

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Based on interviews with more than 150 Russians - from mobsters to police to former KGB agents - this text is an investigation into the organized crime and corruption that plague Russia today. It aims to reveal how crime has flourished in Russia since the demise of totalitarianism.

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Comrade Criminal: Russias New Mafiya by Stephen Handelman

This riveting book is the first comprehensive investigation into the organized crime and corruption that plague Russia today. Describing a society under the sway of gangster bosses, corrupt army generals, bank swindlers, drug dealers, and uranium thieves, the book shows how "mafiya" crime lords and still-powerful former Soviet bureaucrats-so-called "comrade criminals"-have sabotaged their country's attempt at revolution and reform. 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.

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Comrade Criminal: Russias New Mafiya by Stephen Handelman
Used - Very Good
Yale University Press
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