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(SOLD OUT) VORY: THE FULL HISTORY OF RUSSIA'S CRIME CLASS. A TALK BY MARK GALEOTTI

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Pushkin House welcomes Mark Galeotti for a compelling talk on the history and culture of Russia’s feared crime class – Vory v zakone. Incarcerated in the gulags and prison camps of the early twentieth century, the vory’s earliest members not only developed a unique culture and code, but began the practice of literally engraving it onto their bodies. No longer identifiable by their tattoos, surviving parts of the group have undergone a transformation for the 21st century, with some occupying top positions in Russia’s oligarchy. 

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Mark Galeotti is senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Prague. He specialises in the murky subjects of modern Russian politics and history. An expert and pro­lific author on transnational crime and Russian security affairs, his new book The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia reveals the full history of Russia’s crime class. It will be published by Yale University Press in April 2018.