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Vory: Russia's Super Mafia | Mark Galeotti
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The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russias much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized 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 voryas the Russian mafia is also knownwas 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, Galeottis captivating study details the vorys journey to power from their early days to their adaptation to modern-day Russias free-wheeling oligarchy and global opportunities beyond.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Russian organized crime, and some things you didn't know you wanted to know! So glad this book is getting lots of attention - it's excellent. Very readable and comprehensive: it covers history, politics and also pop culture. Big thumbs up!