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Organized Crime in Western Siberia (Part 3)

Posted: April 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science Parts 1 and 2 of this series provided a snapshot of organized crime in western Siberia by describing the most significant regional criminal group, the Bratsk criminal society, and depicting the constellation of ethnic criminal groups active in western Siberia, including Chinese, […]

Rethinking Organized Crime and Corruption

Posted: April 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Alexandre Kukhianidze Re-thinking global, national and local security systems has been of vital importance since the end of Cold War. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact and the subsequent end of the Cold War alleviated fears of a third world war involving nuclear weapons. However, the rapid advance of globalization, post-Soviet […]

Organized crime in western Siberia (Part 2)

Posted: March 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student,  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science As previously noted in Part 1 of this series, the Bratsk criminal society has been identified as the premiere criminal authority in western Siberia, in light of its control of the so-called Siberian “obshchak” or common criminal “fund.”  Upon closer inspection, however, […]

WHY CORRUPTION INFECTS REVOLUTIONARIES: THE CASE OF MAOISTS IN NEPAL

Posted: March 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Nazia Hussain, PhD Candidate, George Mason University, School of Public Policy The Maoists in Nepal began as a rag tag party of revolutionaries in February 1996. They had almost no weapons, a tiny organizational base and a strategy that was not new. Inspired by teachings of Marxism-Leninism- Maoism, the Maoists aimed to establish ‘new […]

Organized crime in western Siberia (Part 1)

Posted: March 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student,  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science    According to recent research by Anna Repetskaya, a widely published scholar and TraCCC grants competition winner based in Irkutsk, Russia, western Siberia is home to roughly 700-800 organized crime groups.  Repetskaya indicates that a majority of these groups have a similar […]

The Need for an Appropriate Corruption Measurement Tool for the U.S.

Posted: March 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Andrew Guth,  PhD Candidate, George Mason University, School of Public Policy  On February 15, 2012 the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) posted an anti-corruption report titled Chicago and Illinois, Leading the Pack in Corruption.  Based on the annual reports to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section (which details the […]

Corruption in the Vatican?

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Andrew Guth,  PhD Candidate, George Mason University, School of Public Policy  While corruption in secular governments and the private sector is commonplace and well-known by many, most are surprised when corruption appears in religious organizations.  However, it appears that a corruption scandal has been unfolding within the Catholic Church over the past year.  Just recently, […]

Just Giving Thanks? Views on Corruption from Saratov

Posted: February 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student,  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science  In addition to our headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area, TraCCC maintains research centers in three cities across Russia.  These include Saratov (located in southeastern Russia on the Volga River), Stavropol (located in the north Caucasus), and Vladivostok (located in the Far […]

BEYOND MURDER STATISTICS: UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GANGS, DRUG TRADE AND VIOLENCE IN EL SALVADOR

Posted: February 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Author: Nazia Hussain, PhD Candidate, George Mason University, School of Public Policy ‘The system rejects us. They just want to lock the gang members up. But we are just people. We do God’s will.’  (an 18-year-old gang member in San Salvador) El Salvador is a nation of just 6 million people. However, it has one […]

Law and disorder: Corrupt practices by lawyers in Russia

Posted: January 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:55 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student,  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science Corruption, according to many sources, can be understood as the abuse of public office for private gain.  Despite the good intentions of politicians, government employees, the private sector, and civil society, corruption has remained frustratingly resilient in many countries.  In Russia, corruption […]