Pluto Press (2 February 2010)
The end of communism marked the re-emergence of a huge rise in organised crime across Russia and Eastern Europe. High-profile efforts to combat it have met with little success.
Patricia Rawlinson argues that burgeoning crime rates result not only from the failures of communism but also from the problems of free market economies.
Drawing on interviews with members of the Russian criminal underworld, the business community, journalists and the militia, she argues that organised crime provides us with a barometer of economic well-being, not just for Russia but for any market economy.
Patricia Rawlinson is a lecturer in criminology at LSE.
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This fascinating book is a must for those interested in transitional societies, the shift from state communism to varieties of capitalism in the former Soviet Union and in Russia, the discourse on “organized crime” and the symbiotic role of such crime in relation to the state and economic enterprises. Rawlinson`s intriguing and even chilling analysis is presented in a highly readable and lively style making this an impressive piece of work that is accessible to a wide audience.
Dr Maurice Punch, Visiting Professor, LSE and King`s College London.
This book challenges the orthodox understandings of Russian organisedcrime and tears away the political agendas that misrepresent Russia'sexperience of capitalism and socialism. Rawlinson exposes the realdangers that threaten the values both of Russia and the West. The sovietization of the West goes on at increasing speed, making a mockery of Fukuyama's image of an end of History.
Boris Kashnikov, Professor at the Moscow Higher School of Economics.