Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - History - 336 pages
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Anticipating a new dawn of freedom and democracy after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russians could hardly have foreseen the reality of their future a decade later: a country desperately impoverished and controlled at every level by criminals. This compelling book tells the story of the 1990s reform period in Russia through the experiences of individual citizens. Recounting in detail the development of a new era of oppression, journalist David Satter conveys the staggering nature of the changes that have swept Russian life, society, and ways of thinking.

Through the stories of people at all levels of Russian society, Satter describes fraudulent investment schemes, massive corruption, and the intrusion of organized crime everywhere. With insights derived from more than twenty years of writing and reporting on Russia, Satter considers why the individual human being there has historically counted for so little. And he offers an illuminating analysis of how Russia’s post-Soviet fate was decided when a new morality failed to fill the vast moral vacuum that communism left in its wake.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Kursk
5
2 Ryazan
24
3 The Young Reformers
34
4 The History of Reform
45
5 The Gold Seekers
72
6 The Workers
93
7 Law Enforcement
112
10 Vladivostok
165
11 Krasnoyarsk
182
12 The Value of Human Life
198
13 The Criminalization of Consciousness
222
Does Russia Have a Future?
248
Notes
257
Bibliography
289
Acknowledgments
303

8 Organized Crime
127
9 Ulyanovsk
156

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