Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld

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Text Publishing Company, May 31, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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A riveting true story about growing up in a criminal underworld.

By age six Nicolai Lilin had been given his first knife. By age twelve he had been convicted of attempted murder.

Lilin was a member of the Siberian Urkas—a tight-knit fraternity with strict codes of honour. In this community crime was a given; the only question was whether the criminal was honest or dishonest. Transgressions brought severe retribution. Weapons were treated almost as religious icons.

Extreme, sometimes disturbing, Siberian Education is an insider’s account of a unique and hidden world.

‘Terrifying, fascinating, horrific and eye-opening and gripping account.’ Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin

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About the author (2010)

Nicolai Lilin was born in 1981 and grew up in the small republic of Trinistria, which declared its independence from Moldova in 1990 but has never been recognised. He fought in the Russian army against the Chechens, became a fisherman off the coast of Ireland for a year and now runs a tattoo parlour in Turin. Siberian Education is his memoir.

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