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The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R544 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R158 (29%) 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.

We Need to Talk About Putin - Why the West gets him wrong, and how to get him right (Paperback): Mark Galeotti We Need to Talk About Putin - Why the West gets him wrong, and how to get him right (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 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.

The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Paperback): Mark Galeotti The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti 1
R300 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R82 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

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
R347 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R77 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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
R297 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R67 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 (Paperback): Mark Galeotti The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
R275 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R62 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

Spetsnaz - Russia's Special Forces (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Spetsnaz - Russia's Special Forces (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate 1
R275 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R62 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

Gorbachev and his Revolution (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Gorbachev and his Revolution (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R2,130 Discovery Miles 21 300 Shipped within 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.

Russian Political War - Moving Beyond the Hybrid (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Russian Political War - Moving Beyond the Hybrid (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R1,033 Discovery Miles 10 330 Shipped within 7 - 11 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.

Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
R354 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R29 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

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.

Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Paperback, Revised): Mark Galeotti Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Paperback, Revised)
Mark Galeotti
R1,005 Discovery Miles 10 050 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.

The Age of Anxiety - Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Paperback, New): Mark Galeotti The Age of Anxiety - Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Paperback, New)
Mark Galeotti
R812 Discovery Miles 8 120 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.

Global Crime Today - The Changing Face of Organised Crime (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Global Crime Today - The Changing Face of Organised Crime (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R2,234 Discovery Miles 22 340 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

Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime (Hardcover, New Ed): Mark Galeotti Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime (Hardcover, New Ed)
Mark Galeotti
R3,131 Discovery Miles 31 310 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 Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Mark Galeotti The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Mark Galeotti; Narrated by Nigel Patterson
R785 R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Save R190 (24%) Out of stock
Gorbachev and his Revolution (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Gorbachev and his Revolution (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti
R829 Discovery Miles 8 290 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.

Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Hardcover): Mark Galeotti Afghanistan - The Soviet Union's Last War (Hardcover)
Mark Galeotti
R2,675 Discovery Miles 26 750 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.

Russia's Wars in Chechnya 1994-2009 (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Russia's Wars in Chechnya 1994-2009 (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti 1
R323 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R60 (19%) Out of stock

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.

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
R3,328 Discovery Miles 33 280 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.

The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Mark Galeotti The Vory - Russia's Super Mafia (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Mark Galeotti; Narrated by Nigel Patterson
R547 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R125 (23%) Out of stock
Global Crime Today - The Changing Face of Organised Crime (Paperback): Mark Galeotti Global Crime Today - The Changing Face of Organised Crime (Paperback)
Mark Galeotti
R926 Discovery Miles 9 260 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

The Politics of Security in Modern Russia (Hardcover, New Ed): Mark Galeotti The Politics of Security in Modern Russia (Hardcover, New Ed)
Mark Galeotti
R2,575 Discovery Miles 25 750 Out of stock

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.

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