The Vory

The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History, Russian History
Paperback Published on: 09/04/2019
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Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 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 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 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.

  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300243208
  • Number of pages: 344
  • Weight: 340g
  • Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm

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