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The Uralmash Gang- A Case Study of Russian Organized Crime

The Uralmash gang is a good case study because it demonstrates how by adapting to the changing circumstances of the transition, Uralmash was able to overpower the Vory in one of their traditional strongholds and insert themselves into the political … Continue reading

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Bandits: Understanding the Post-Soviet Russian Criminal Class

Unlike the traditional mafia in Italy, or crime groups in Columbia or Mexico, criminal organizations in Russia were not based on ethnic ties, but built from groups of people with similar backgrounds.[1] Many of the bandits had ties to the … Continue reading

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The Vor v Zakone: Soviet Era Organized Crime

Organized crime was radically different during the Soviet era than in the post-Soviet era. Officially, the Communist Party taught that there was no organized crime in the Soviet Union, but in reality, organized crime thrived in the vast networks of … Continue reading

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