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Economic Crime in Russia - Alena V. Ledeneva

Economic Crime in Russia

By: Alena V. Ledeneva (Editor), Marina Kurkchiyan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9789041197825
Number Of Pages: 300

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This book is distinctive in at least three ways. Firstly, the authors approach economic crime in Russia without its a priori stigmatization as part of the general 'criminalization' of the economy. Rather they view it as a generic response to and integral part of the post-Soviet transition, and analyze the role of economic crime in the functioning/subverting of state, market and civil society institutions in the new Russia. Secondly, the book reveals the latent constituents of economic crime the customary practices which are so widespread that they become commonly accepted or tolerated in society, but at the same time constitute and nurture an environment for economic crime. Thirdly, it offers clues for solving some of Russia's paradoxes: How do people survive if wages are not paid on time or in full, and even when paid, are still inadequate for basic living standards? If the rule of law does not rule, then what does? What are the rules of the alleged Russian disorder? How is it possible to combat corruption in a society where supposedly no agency or institution is free from it? Most forms of Russian economic crime in the 1990s are examined in this book. The authors demonstrate how change and continuity are both factors which are crucial to an understanding of the post-Soviet order and to account for the difficulties of democratization and marketization in Russia. This work challenges the supposed transparency of the post-Soviet Russian economy for the outside world and shows how the Russian economy really works. The idea for this book arose out of the East European Regional Programme at the 16th International Symposium on Economic Crime, held at Jesus College in Cambridge in September 1998. It includes papers presented at the Symposium together with new papers commissioned especially for this volume.

Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Economic Crime in the New Russian Economyp. 1
Economic Crime in the Context of Transition to a Market Economyp. 17
The Russian Mafiya: Economic Penetration at Home and Abroadp. 31
Organized Violence, Market Building, and State Formation in Post-Communist Russiap. 43
Corruption and Violence in Russian Business in the Late 1990sp. 63
The Transformation of the Second Economy into the Informal Economyp. 83
Pervasive Corruptionp. 99
Victims or Accomplices? Extortion and Bribery in Eastern Europep. 113
The Embeddedness of Tax Evasion in Russiap. 129
'Everyday Crime' at the Workplace: Covert Earning Schemes in Russia's New Commercial Sectorp. 145
Russian Hackers and Virtual Crimep. 163
Dirty Business, 'Normal Life', and the Dream of Lawp. 177
Large-scale Corruption and Rent-seeking in the Russian Banking Sectorp. 191
Illegal Aspects of Trans-border Capital Flows from the Former Soviet Unionp. 209
Russia: Multiple Financial System and Implications for Economic Crimep. 223
Money-Laundering Control and The Rule of Law in Russiap. 237
The Hyperbola of Russian Crime and the Police Culturep. 257
The Development of Appropriate Responses to Organized Crime in Post-Communist Societiesp. 275
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9789041197825
ISBN-10: 9041197826
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62

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