SWJ Book Review – The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia

Kevin Hammill

17 July 2022

Small Wars Journal


Mark Galeotti, The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018 [ISBN: 978-0300186826, Hardcover, 344 pages] Dr. Mark Galeotti is a distinguished academic, security consultant, and UK governmental advisor. His most recent works are We Need to Talk About Putin (Ebury Press, 2019) and A Short History of Russia (Hanover, 2022). He is well known for his expertise on Russia and its criminal networks and combines his knowledge of Russian history and Russian crime to provide a seminal work on the confluence of the two. In The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia published a few years ago, he does precisely that, providing an intriguing history of Russian organized crime—the vory v zakone (vory)—and describing its modern existence and consequence. The work has been so successful that it has been or is in the process of being translated into sixteen languages...


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