The vory : Russia's super mafia
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The vory : Russia's super mafia

By Galeotti, Mark., author.

Audience Adults

Published 2019 by Yale University Press, New Haven

ISBN 9780300243208

Bib Id 2265708

Copyright 2018

Description xii, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm.

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LCCN
be2019-016557
ISBN
9780300243208 (paperback)
0300243200 (paperback)
Call #
364.1066 G
Title
The vory : Russia's super mafia
Varying Form of Title
Russia's super mafia
Publication Information
2019 by Yale University Press, New Haven :
Copyright Date
©2018
Description
xii, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Note
First published: 2018.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 302-316) and index.
Summary
The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russia's much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organised crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. Now, Western readers can explore the fascinating history of the vory v zakone, a group that has survived and thrived amid the changes brought on by Stalinism, the Cold War, the Afghan War, and the end of the Soviet experiment. The vory-as the Russian mafia is also known-was born early in the twentieth century, largely in the Gulags and criminal camps, where they developed their unique culture. Identified by their signature tattoos, members abided by the thieves' code, a strict system that forbade all paid employment and cooperation with law enforcement and the state. Based on two decades of on-the-ground research, Galeotti's captivating study details the vory's journey to power from their early days to their adaptation to modern-day Russia's free-wheeling oligarchy and global opportunities beyond.
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