To evaluate the impact of thieves-in-law in the European Union, as one of the leaders of the Russian-speaking organised crime underworld

Ceplis, Dmitrijs (2014) To evaluate the impact of thieves-in-law in the European Union, as one of the leaders of the Russian-speaking organised crime underworld. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The dissertation provides understanding and knowledge of the thieves-in-law (vory-v-zakone), main leaders of the Russian-speaking organised crime underworld and assess their impact in the European Union Member States.
    Thieves-in-law refer to a specific criminal association for the countries of the former Soviet Union, which is characterised by a strict code of criminal traditions, as well as an exceptional level of conspiracy, moreover the thief-in-law as a phenomenon has no analogies in the criminal practise elsewhere in the world.
    The current research emphasized the historical roots of the phenomenon of the thieves-in-law and its further development in the Former Soviet Union and contemporary Russia. Hence it gave a solid background to project the activities and possible impact of the thieves-in-law in the EU. Available information on major operations targeted thieves-in-law in several EU MS outlined.
    The main finding of the research is that activities of the Russian-speaking organised crime, led mostly by the thieves-in-law, have reached such scope and gravity, that they threaten the stability of the EU and its Member States' political and economic-financial system. Dissertation provides recommendations on actions and initiatives that will contribute to strengthen the European Union’s response to thieves-in-law as the leaders of the Russian-speaking organised crime underworld and to mitigate their impact on societies of the EU MS.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 10:40
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 10:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16701

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