Laura Piacentini, British Journal of Criminology, on The Russian Mafia

“Federico Varese’s book is the much needed sober account of how the market has surfaced in Russia with the effect of creating colossal crime problems. Varese offers much more than headlines and casual remarks on what the Russian mafia is and some of the ways it operates and it should become essential reading for all those concerned not only with the direction that Russia is taking but all societies in transition...Varese’s book is much more than an exposition of the Russian mafia; he has produced an extraordinary study of Soviet and post-Soviet society itself.”

Laura Piacentini, British Journal of Criminology

The Russian Mafia

"Varese is a leader of the younger generation of scholars taking on the important issues in the difficult study of organized crime."

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University

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