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Investigating the Russian Mafia: An Introduction for Students, Law Enforcement, and International Business Paperback – 12 Apr 2008

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In the 1990s, the so-called Russian mafia dominated newspaper headlines, political analysis, and academic articles around the world. It was the new scourge, a threat so massive that it was believed to hold the Russian economy hostage. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh announced that the Russian mafia was a significant threat to the national security of the United States. Countless books and articles have reported on the Russian mafia in breathless terms bordering on hysteria. Casting a broad net, Serio brings a different, more analytical approach to his exploration of the subject.In "Investigating the Russian Mafia", Part I begins by asking a series of basic questions: What did the Soviets understand 'mafia' to mean? Was this a Russian phenomenon or more broadly-based, multi-ethnic groups? How did the media influence the perception of the Russian mafia? What does a close examination of the official statistics reveal about the nature of crime groups in the former Soviet Union? In Part II, Serio discusses an overview of attitudes and practices of the criminal world, business, and policing, among others, in Russian history. He demonstrates that many of the forces at work in the 1990s did not originate in the Communist era or arise because of the collapse of the USSR. Part III presents a discussion of the crime groups that developed in the post-Soviet era, the challenges that faced the business world, and the law enforcement response.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start.... 16 Dec. 2013
By D. Alder - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, this book reads somewhat like a text book as opposed to popular fiction. Any book that is well researched, informative and provides sources / references tends to be this way. I find that it gives the book some degree of credibility, as if someone actually spend a lot of time and effort researching this topic. This is a good book to begin understanding Russian organized crime. Serio's professional background gives him much more authority on this topic than any other author I have found. A very good place to start if you are looking to expand your knowledge. Pay the extra money for real work, and get a "real" resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Lowe Welsh, Law Enforcement Advisor, Kyrgyzstan 8 Sept. 2009
By Bonnie L. Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has helped me tremendously in conducting my current mission as a law enforcement advisor in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgystan. I could not put the book down because Joe Serio explains exactly how the culture developed, and how the mentality remains until this day. It was uncanny the way he captured my experiences in dealing with corruption in Central Asia. I'm a 30 year veteran of policing on the East Coast, and I would highly recommend this book as a law enforcement guide, as well as a political science reference book. I can't wait until the next book is published.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but by no means a "can't put it down" kind of book 29 Oct. 2013
By Samiamsglock - Published on Amazon.com
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Read more like a college text book then your typical true crime book. Liked the fact that the author used traditional research techniques to explore and critique other author's work on the subject. Made sure to downplay all the media hype and explained how misused the word "mafia" is in Eastern European context.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! 19 April 2012
By Ryan S. Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
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Having become interested years ago in eastern Europe. This is a great book to learn about the history of crime in and around Russia. It maintains an objective point of view and offers great insight into the eastern European criminal culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book but not definitive. 20 July 2014
By David J Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
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Dull style. Good data. Very little about what goes on in the minds of the Russian Mafia persons.
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