Russia’s Super Mafia: Organized Crime in the Former Soviet Union

Russia’s Super Mafia: Organized Crime in the Former Soviet Union

Date: October 5, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. Videoconference in Organized Crime Today Exhibit
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum Admission

It’s impossible to follow the news these days without hearing references to the Russian mafia. But what do we really know about organized crime in the former Soviet Union? Mark Galeotti, one of the foremost experts on the subject, will explain who the Mob bosses are, what criminal rackets they control and what their relationship is to Russian President Vladimir Putin. His book The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia, is the definitive guide to the past, present and likely future of the Russian mafia and the threats it poses to the West.

This event will be presented in a videoconference format.  

Featured Speakers

Mark Galeotti  

Mark Galeotti


Professor Mark Galeotti is an expert on Russian organized crime, espionage, and similar murky topics. He is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, and also principal director of Mayak Intelligence, his boutique consultancy. Before that, he was Professor of Global Affairs and departmental chair at New York University, Senior Lecturer in International History at Keele University in the UK, a special adviser to the attached British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and a visiting professor at Rutgers—Newark (USA), Charles University (Prague), and MGIMO (Moscow). He read history at Robinson College, Cambridge University and then took his doctorate in politics at the London School of Economics, after a brief time working in the City of London. A prolific writer, he has 15 authored and edited books to his name; his next, Vory: the story of the Russian mafia, is due out from Yale University Press in 2018. He tweets as @MarkGaleotti and also blogs at In Moscow’s Shadows.