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Reorganizing CrimeMafia and Anti-Mafia in Post-Soviet Georgia$
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Gavin Slade

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674640.001.0001

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Thieves-in-Law as a Soviet and Post-Soviet Mafia in Georgia

Thieves-in-Law as a Soviet and Post-Soviet Mafia in Georgia

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Reorganizing Crime

Gavin Slade

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a discussion of the activities of the thieves-in-law in Georgia, showing that they were indeed a mafia in both the Soviet and Post-Soviet period selling protection and dispute resolution and attempting to monopolize these. The chapter shows the demand for alternative protection to that of the state in the second economy of Soviet Georgia and then in the unprotected economy of post-Soviet Georgia when the state was weak. The thieves-in-law met this demand for protection. The chapter gives concrete examples of their functioning in certain economic activities. The chapter suggests that the increasing resources from racketeering in principle made the thieves-in-law resilient but the increases in competition for these resources had detrimental effects on the network.

Keywords:   Soviet, second economy, protection, dispute resolution, mafia, post-Soviet

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