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A Short History of Russia - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (Hardcover, Original... A Short History of Russia - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (Hardcover, Original ed.)
Mark Galeotti
R639 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R585 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R125 (21%) In stock

The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russia's much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. Now, Western readers can explore the fascinating history of the vory v zakone, a group that has survived and thrived amid the changes brought on by Stalinism, the Cold War, the Afghan War, and the end of the Soviet experiment. The vory-as the Russian mafia is also known-was born early in the twentieth century, largely in the Gulags and criminal camps, where they developed their unique culture. Identified by their signature tattoos, members abided by the thieves' code, a strict system that forbade all paid employment and cooperation with law enforcement and the state. Based on two decades of on-the-ground research, Galeotti's captivating study details the vory's journey to power from their early days to their adaptation to modern-day Russia's free-wheeling oligarchy and global opportunities beyond.

The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Paperback): Mark Galeotti The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti 1
R320 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russia's much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. Now, Western readers can explore the fascinating history of the vory v zakone, a group that has survived and thrived amid the changes brought on by Stalinism, the Cold War, the Afghan War, and the end of the Soviet experiment. The vory-as the Russian mafia is also known-was born early in the twentieth century, largely in the Gulags and criminal camps, where they developed their unique culture. Identified by their signature tattoos, members abided by the thieves' code, a strict system that forbade all paid employment and cooperation with law enforcement and the state. Based on two decades of on-the-ground research, Galeotti's captivating study details the vory's journey to power from their early days to their adaptation to modern-day Russia's free-wheeling oligarchy and global opportunities beyond.

Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces - Spetsnaz, airborne, Arctic and interior troops (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces - Spetsnaz, airborne, Arctic and interior troops (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Adam Hook
R330 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R64 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Elite forces need elite vehicles. As Vladimir Putin has devoted effort and funds into modernising Russia's armed forces and turning them into an instrument geared not just for defending the Motherland but also projecting power beyond its borders, Russia has seen a growing emphasis on special and specialist forces. Traditionally, the elite Spetsnaz commandos had to make do with regular vehicles or civilian-based 'technicals', not least to conceal their presence (or, indeed, very existence). Now, increasingly at the forefront of Russian power projection, the Spetsnaz are acquiring more capable, versatile vehicles, such as the paratroopers' BTR-D personnel carrier, and also experimenting with exotic, specialist new acquisitions, such as the Chaborz M-3 buggy and Yamaha Grizzly all-terrain vehicle. The other elite branches of Russia's forces, such as the Arctic-warfare troops of the 200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade, the paratroopers of the Air Assault Troops (VDV), the Naval Infantry, and the elite units of the security forces are also developing and fielding new vehicles for their specialist roles, from combat snowmobiles to urban-warfare vehicles. From highly-mobile LMVs able to operate in the deserts of Syria or the streets of Ukraine, through dedicated fire-support vehicles such as the air-droppable Sprut-SD or the massive BMPT 'Terminator', to amphibious tanks and drone-equipped security trucks, these are the workhorses of Russia's special forces. This study explores all these combat vehicles in detail, combining expert analysis from Russia expert Mark Galeotti with highly accurate full-colour illustrations and photographs.

Russia's Wars in Chechnya 1994-2009 (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Russia's Wars in Chechnya 1994-2009 (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti 1
R391 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R58 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Featuring specially drawn full-color mapping and drawing upon a wide range of sources, this succinct account explains the origins, history and consequences of Russia's wars in Chechnya, thereby shedding new light on the history - and prospects - of that troubled region.
Mark Galeotti, an expert on the conflict, traces the progress of the wars, from the initial Russian advance through to urban battles such as Grozny, and the prolonged guerrilla warfare based in the mountainous regions that is common to both wars. He assesses how the wars have torn apart the fabric of Chechen society and their impact on Russia itself, where they have influenced presidential elections and widened the gulf between the military and the rest of society. These were savage conflicts which combined at different times the characteristics of an imperial war, a civil war and a terrorist campaign. The rich tradition of banditry in Chechnya, exemplified by the disproportionately large numbers of Chechens in the Spetsnaz special forces, gave the conflict its particular character, as did the steady shift from the initial nationalism to being inspired by a wider Islamic jihad.

We Need to Talk About Putin - How the West gets him wrong (Paperback): Mark Galeotti We Need to Talk About Putin - How the West gets him wrong (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti 1
R319 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R100 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A The Times best book of 2019 'In fewer than 150 pithy pages, Galeotti sketches a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates' - The Times Meet the world's most dangerous man. Or is he? Who is the real Vladimir Putin? What does he want? And what will he do next? Despite the millions of words written on Putin's Russia, the West still fails to truly understand one of the world's most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives. In this essential primer, Professor Mark Galeotti uncovers the man behind the myth, addressing the key misperceptions of Putin and explaining how we can decipher his motivations and next moves. From Putin's early life in the KGB and his real relationship with the USA to his vision for the future of Russia - and the world - Galeotti draws on new Russian sources and explosive unpublished accounts to give unparalleled insight into the man at the heart of global politics.

Kulikovo 1380 - The Battle That Made Russia (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Kulikovo 1380 - The Battle That Made Russia (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Darren Tan; Maps by Paul Kime, Bounford.com Bounford.com 1
R420 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R84 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 14th-century Mongol conquest of the Rus' – the principalities of Russia – was devastating and decisive. Cities were lain waste, new dynasties rose and for a hundred years the Russians were under unquestioned foreign rule. However, the Mongols were conquerors rather than administrators and they chose to rule through subject princes. This allowed the Rurikid dynastic princes of Moscow to rise with unprecedented speed.

With the famed 'Mongol Yoke' loosening, Grand Prince Dmitri of Moscow saw in this an unparalleled opportunity to rebel. On 7 September 1380 his 60,000 troops crossed the Don to take the battle to Mamai's 125,000, which included Armenian and Cherkessk auxiliaries and Genoese mercenaries. Using specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the victory that heralded the birth of Russian statehood.

Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Adam Hook
R359 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In February 2014, street protests in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities led to the ousting of the Russian-backed President Yanukovych. The so-called Euromaidan Revolution saw many changes to Ukraine's constitution, but the violent reaction in the east and south of the country led to armed counter-revolution, unofficially backed by Russia.

This conflict is the essential example of Russia's new policy of 'hybrid warfare', which blends propaganda, misinformation, and the deployment of 'deniable' Special Forces and regular troops alongside proxies and mercenaries to achieve its strategic ends.

Using his extensive contacts in both Russia and Ukraine, and access to a mass of official and unofficial sources, Mark Galeotti presents a thorough and intriguing primer on all the forces involved in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Supported by specially commissioned artwork, he analyses both the progress of the war, and what it teaches us about Russia's current military capabilities.

A Short History of Russia - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (Standard format,... A Short History of Russia - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (Standard format, CD)
Mark Galeotti
R583 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R158 (27%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Spetsnaz - Russia's Special Forces (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Spetsnaz - Russia's Special Forces (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate 1
R333 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the shadowy, notorious Spetsnaz were first formed, they drew on a long Soviet tradition of elite, behind-the-lines commando forces from World War II and even earlier. Throughout the 1960s-70s they were instrumental both in projecting Soviet power in the Third World and in suppressing resistance within the Warsaw pact. As a powerful, but mysterious tool of a world superpower, the Spetsnaz have inevitably become the focus of many 'tall tales' in the West. In this book, a peerless authority on Russia's military Special Forces debunks several of these myths, uncovering truths that are often even more remarkable. Now, since the chaotic dissolution of the USSR and the two Chechen Wars, Russian forces have seen increasing modernization, involving them ever more in power-projection, counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism and the Spetsnaz have been deployed as a spearhead in virtually all of these operations. This book offers a unique, absorbing guide to the secrets of the Spetsnaz, their most noteworthy missions and personalities, but is also packed with details such as orders-of-battle, equipment and operational doctrine.

The Great Bear at War - The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917-Present (Hardcover): Chris McNab The Great Bear at War - The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917-Present (Hardcover)
Chris McNab; Foreword by Mark Galeotti
R906 R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Save R183 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the chaos of the civil war to the political manoeuvring of the Cold War, Russia's armed forces have shaped the future not only of Russia but of countless other countries around the globe. The Great Bear at War: The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917-Present explores the development and struggles of Soviet and Russian armed forces across the numerous conflicts which mark its history. It charts the great historical events that have defined the Red/Russian Army, especially World War II and the Cold War, but also the post-communist insurgencies and wars in which the Russian military has redeveloped its outlook and mission. The post-Soviet development of the Russian military into a modern force is explored in detail, including its controversial campaigns in Chechnya (1999-2009), Georgia (2008), and Ukraine (from 2014). Sewn into the narrative are details about the equipment, uniforms, training, service conditions and weaponry of the Soviet/Russian soldiers, bringing personal experience and technological context to the broader history. At a time when the world is closely focused upon Russian military behaviour, The Great Bear at War is both timely and fascinating.

The Politics of Security in Modern Russia (Hardcover, New Ed): Mark Galeotti The Politics of Security in Modern Russia (Hardcover, New Ed)
Mark Galeotti
R4,680 Discovery Miles 46 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Putin era saw a striking 'securitization' of politics, something that he has bequeathed to his chosen successor, Dmitry Medvedev. The omens from the early days of the Medvedev presidency have been mixed, marked both by less confrontational rhetoric towards the West and by war with Georgia and continued re-armament. Has the Medvedev generation learned the lessons not just from the Soviet era but also from the Yeltsin and Putin presidencies, or will security remain the foundation of Russian foreign and domestic policy? Fully up-to-date to reflect the evolving Medvedev presidency, the 2008 Georgian war and the impact of the economic downturn, this volume is a much needed objective and balanced examination of the ways in which security has played and continues to play a central role in contemporary Russian politics. The combination of original scholarship with extensive empirical research makes this volume an invaluable resource for all students and researchers of Russian politics and security affairs.

Gorbachev and his Revolution (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Gorbachev and his Revolution (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R2,616 Discovery Miles 26 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By turns radical, uncertain, ambitious and autocratic, Mikhail Gorbachev and his bid to reform the Soviet Union have shaped the contemporary world. This concise and lively book provides an introduction to the man and his times, setting them in the context of a decaying and ramshackle empire and an ideology long since betrayed by its professed followers. Drawing on the latest memoirs and scholarship, this book follows Gorbachev's increasingly desperate attempts to control the forces he unleashed and hold together a state whose days were over.

La Ley del Crimen (Spanish, Hardcover): Mark Galeotti La Ley del Crimen (Spanish, Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 (Paperback): Mark Galeotti The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
R333 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's army has undergone a turbulent transformation, from the scattered left-overs of the old Soviet military, through a period of shocking decay and demoralization, to the disciplined force and sophisticated 'hybrid war' doctrine that enabled Vladimir Putin to seize Crimea virtually overnight in 2014. Using rare photographs and full colour images of the army in action, profiles of army leaders and defence ministers, as well as orders of battle and details of their equipment and dress, this is a vivid account of the army's troubled history and of its current character, capabilities and status. Written by an internationally respected author with remarkable access to Russian-language sources and veterans, this study is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the growing power of Russia's military.

Russian Political War - Moving Beyond the Hybrid (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Russian Political War - Moving Beyond the Hybrid (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R1,253 Discovery Miles 12 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book cuts through the misunderstandings about Russia's geopolitical challenge to the West, presenting this not as 'hybrid war' but 'political war.' Russia seeks to antagonise: its diplomats castigate Western 'Russophobia' and cultivate populist sentiment abroad, while its media sells Russia as a peaceable neighbour and a bastion of traditional social values. Its spies snoop, and even kill, and its hackers and trolls mount a 24/7 onslaught on Western systems and discourses. This is generally characterised as 'hybrid war,' but this is a misunderstanding of Russian strategy. Drawing extensively not just on their writings but also decades of interactions with Russian military, security and government officials, this study demonstrates that the Kremlin has updated traditional forms of non-military 'political war' for the modern world. Aware that the West, if united, is vastly richer and stronger, Putin is seeking to divide, and distract, in the hope it will either accept his claim to Russia's great-power status - or at least be unable to prevent him. In the process, Russia may be foreshadowing how the very nature of war is changing: political war may be the future. This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, war studies, Russian politics and security studies.

Gorbachev and his Revolution (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Gorbachev and his Revolution (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti
R1,020 Discovery Miles 10 200 Out of stock

By turns radical, uncertain, ambitious and autocratic, Mikhail Gorbachev and his bid to reform the Soviet Union have shaped the contemporary world. This concise and lively book provides an introduction to the man and his times, setting them in the context of a decaying and ramshackle empire and an ideology long since betrayed by its professed followers. Drawing on the latest memoirs and scholarship, this book follows Gorbachev's increasingly desperate attempts to control the forces he unleashed and hold together a state whose days were over.

Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime (Hardcover, New Ed): Mark Galeotti Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime (Hardcover, New Ed)
Mark Galeotti
R4,060 Discovery Miles 40 600 Out of stock

A timely look at a widespread yet largely uninvestigated area of Russian life. Chapters include: consideration of the history and basis in culture for the organization of crime in Russia; the actions of emigres to the USA; and the development of modern sophistications of exchange and networking that currently blight privatization. Diverse perspectives, including comparative, structural and ethnic frameworks, give unprecedented national and international insights into a pervasive element of modern Russia.

The Age of Anxiety - Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti The Age of Anxiety - Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R4,300 Discovery Miles 43 000 Out of stock

The geography of Russia -- vast, unwieldy, exposed -- and her tragic history of foreign invasion have created an overriding sense of military vulnerability amongst her leaders that, after the horrors of the Second World War, amounted almost to paranoia. This important study of the years since Brezhnev shows how this obsession with national security have been at the core of Russian thinking right through the reforms of the Gorbachev era and the eventual collapse of the USSR, and continues to dominate the turbulent politics of post-Soviet Russia today.

Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
R333 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R32 (10%) Out of stock

While the size of Russia's regular forces has shrunk recently, its security and paramilitary elements have become increasingly powerful. Under the Putin regime they have proliferated and importantly seem set to remain Russia's most active armed agencies for the immediate future. In parallel, within the murky world where government and private interests intersect, a number of paramilitary 'private armies' operate almost as vigilantes, with government toleration or approval.This book offers a succinct overview of the official, semi-official and unofficial agencies that pursue Russian government and quasi-government objectives by armed means, from the 200,000-strong Interior Troops, through Police and other independent departmental forces, down to private security firms. Featuring rare photographs, and detailed colour plates of uniforms, insignia and equipment, this study by a renowned authority explores the Putin regime's shadowy special-forces apparatus, active in an array of counter-terrorist and counter-mafia wars since 1991.

A Short History of Russia Lib/E - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (Standard... A Short History of Russia Lib/E - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Mark Galeotti
R1,137 R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Save R337 (30%) Out of stock
A Short History of Russia - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (MP3 format, CD):... A Short History of Russia - How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin (MP3 format, CD)
Mark Galeotti
R887 R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Save R262 (30%) Out of stock
Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R3,376 Discovery Miles 33 760 Out of stock

The Soviet Union's last war was played out against the backdrop of dramatic change within the USSR. This is the first book to study the impact of the war on Russian politics and society. Based on extensive use of Soviet official and unofficial sources, as well as work with Afghan veterans, it illustrates the way the war fed into a wide range of other processes, from the rise of grassroots political activism to the retreat from globalism in foreign policy.

Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Paperback, Revised): Mark Galeotti Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Paperback, Revised)
Mark Galeotti
R1,281 Discovery Miles 12 810 Out of stock

The Soviet Union's last war was played out against the backdrop of dramatic change within the USSR. This is the first book to study the impact of the war on Russian politics and society. Based on extensive use of Soviet official and unofficial sources, as well as work with Afghan veterans, it illustrates the way the war fed into a wide range of other processes, from the rise of grassroots political activism to the retreat from globalism in foreign policy.

Global Crime Today - The Changing Face of Organised Crime (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Global Crime Today - The Changing Face of Organised Crime (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R2,460 R2,146 Discovery Miles 21 460 Save R314 (13%) Out of stock

Crime is recognized as a constant factor within human society, but in the twenty-first century organized crime is emerging as one of the distinctive security threats of the new world order. The more complex, organized and interconnected society becomes, its crime becomes too. This book recognizes that the new century will be defined in part by a struggle between an 'upperworld', defined by increasingly open economic systems and democratic politics, and a transnational, entrepreneurial, dynamic and richly varied underworld, willing and able to use and distort these trends for its own ends. In order to understand this challenge, this book gathers together experts from a variety of fields to understand how organized crime is changing. From the Sicilian Mafia and the Japanese Yakuza, to the new challenges of Russian and East European gangs and the 'virtual mafias' of the cybercriminals, this book offers a clear and concise introduction to many of the key players moving in this global criminal underworld. This book is a special issue of Global Crime

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