The end of communism marked the re-emergence of a huge rise in organised crime across Russia and Eastern Europe. High-profile efforts to combat it have met with little success. Patricia Rawlinson argues that burgeoning crime rates result t only from the failures of communism but also from the problems of free market ecomies. Drawing on interviews with members of the Russian criminal underworld, the business community, journalists and the militia, she argues that organised crime provides us with a barometer of ecomic well-being, t just for Russia but for any market ecomy.
Patricia Rawlinson is one of the leading experts on Russian and Eastern European organised crime. She is a lecturer in Criminology at the London School of Economics.