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The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy
The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy
By Federico Varese
Oxford University Press, 2002, 290 pp.

In the foggy world of a market economy in the making, where property rights are fragile and the state is too weak or sullied to protect them, other solutions come forth. In Varese's delicate phrase, both legal and illegal businesses in Russia seek the dis