Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya

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Yale University Press, 1995 - History - 398 pages
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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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Contents

Godfathers of Russia
11
Vor
28
Mozhaisky Embankment
44
Comrade Criminal
59
Life and Death on
73
The Criminal State
93
Field of Wonders
115
How to Steal a Billion Rubles
131
Masters of Moscow
144
They Can Shoot They Can Kill
161
The Smugglers
180
Crime Fighting in Utopia
273
Notes
349
Glossary
381
Acknowledgments
389
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About the author (1995)

Ken Alibek was born in Kauchuk, Kazakhstan, in 1950. He graduated in 1975 from the military faculty of the Tomsk Medical Institute, where he majored in infectious diseases and epidemiology. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology for research and development of plague and tularemia biological weapons and a doctorate of science in biotechnology for developing the technology to manufacture anthrax on an industrial scale. He joined Biopreparat in 1975 and was its first deputy chief from 1988 to 1992. Since his defection to the United States in 1992, he has briefed U.S. military intelligence on biological weapons. He is now working in biodefense.
Stephen Handelman is a columnist at "Time." He was the Moscow bureau chief of "The Toronto Star" in the late eighties and early nineties and is the author of Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya.

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