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JSPES, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Winter 2009)
pp. 399-463

Continuity in Russian Corruption through Changing Societal Forms

Ernest Raiklin

Formerly of the Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia

This article examines in detail the corruption endemic in pre- Soviet, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In doing so, it analyzes such aspects as bribery, extortion, organized crime, and human networking (called blat) in their political and private dimensions. The article concludes with a reference to recent measures adopted by the Russian government to curtail corruption.