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The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy

Federico Varese


This book researches the question of what the Russian Mafia is, and challenges widely held views of its nature. It charts the emergence of the Russian Mafia in the context of the transition to the market, the privatization of protection, and pervasive corruption. The ability of the Russian State to define property rights and protect contracts is compared with the services offered by fragments of the state apparatus, private security firms, ethnic crime groups, the Cossacks and the Russian Mafia. Past criminal traditions, rituals, and norms have been resuscitated by the modern Russian Mafia to ... More

Keywords: American–Italian Mafia, comparative study, Cossacks, criminal traditions, ethnic crime groups, Hong Kong Triads, Japanese Yakuza, mafia, private security firms, property rights, protection of contracts, Russia, Russian Mafia, Sicilian Cosa Nostra, transition to the market, transitional economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019829736X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federico Varese, author
Nuffield College, Oxford, and Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University
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