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The political economy of organised crime in Russia: The state, market and criminality in the USSR and Post-Soviet Russia

Karpanos, I. (2017). The political economy of organised crime in Russia: The state, market and criminality in the USSR and Post-Soviet Russia. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)

Abstract

This thesis investigates the origins, development and role of organised crime in Russia’s political economy. The existing academic literature tends to regard the post-1991 era of transition as the hotbed for the emergence and development of organised crime in Russia. This thesis finds such readings problematic and incomplete. I identify and explore three salient periods of political-economic development during the history of the USSR and post-Soviet Russia, and find that each of them was distinct, yet crucial in enabling the growth and functions of organised crime. Moreover, throughout history, the state and organised crime in Russian functioned in close cooperation with each other. This study reveals that the Russian state and organised crime have always been interdependent, and that concentrating solely on the post-1991 era is profoundly misleading.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: Doctoral Theses
School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19172
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