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Published: 05 December 2013

234 Pages


ISBN: 9780199674640

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This publication is part of the Policing Publishing Program

Chapter 1

Reorganizing Crime

Mafia and Anti-Mafia in Post-Soviet Georgia

Dr Gavin Slade

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • Looks at the phenomenon in Georgia of 'Thieves-in-law' (vory-v-zakone in Russian), career criminals belonging to a criminal fraternity originating in the 1930s from Soviet prison camps
  • Poses questions surrounding criminal resilience to state attacks on organized crime and explores why the Georgian thieves-in-law had particularly weak resilience
  • Based on extensive fieldwork and utilizing unique access to primary sources of data such as police files, court cases, archives and expert interviews collected over a two year period

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