The Vory: Russia’s super mafia

VoryWith the (imminent: 10 April in the UK, 22 May in the US) launch of my new book, The Vory: Russia’s super mafia, from Yale University Press, I shall use this page to gather together various reviews, excerpts, and promotional news.

The Vory: Russia’s super mafia

“The culmination of more than twenty-five years of writing on Russian organized crime, Vory is destined to become the standard work on the subject. It is instructive and shocking—and a pleasure to read.”—Federico Varese, author of Mafia Life

“To understand power in contemporary Russia, this is a must read.”—Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

“Galeotti lays bare the lattices of power and influence between official Russia and its criminal organizations. This is the best guide to understanding the workings of the Kremlin since Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.”—Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former President of Estonia

“Gritty, historically grounded and superbly readable, this is an essential work by one of the most knowledgeable and dispassionate observers of contemporary Russia.”—Rachel Polonsky, author of Molotov’s Magic Lantern

“Galeotti writes with wit, clarity and authority about the grimly fascinating, and all-too-important, history of organized crime and its outsize role in shaping contemporary Russian society and government.”—Michael Weiss, CNN National Security Analyst

“The Vory masterfully combines the startling stories of Russian crime lords with deft and nuanced analysis— it terrifies yet deftly brings a sense of proportion to the problem.”—Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

“No one is better than Mark Galeotti when it comes to explaining the world of the vory and how it has evolved to the present day”—Charles Clover, author of Black Wind, White Snow

Official Pages

Yale UP (UK)

Yale UP (US)

Launch Events

Pushkin House, 16 April (SOLD OUT)

Waterstones Gower Street, 17 April

Chatham House, 18 April

Henry Jackson Society, 23 April

Promotional Video Trailers

1: A general trailer

2: Khitrovka: on the cradle of the vorovskoi mir

3: Yaponchik: on a vor‘s life and death

4: Shabolovka: on police corruption

5: Red Square, on Putin and the mafia


Gangster’s paradise: how organised crime took over Russia, in the Guardian Long Reads (23 March 2018)

Reviews and Articles 

“This brilliant, gripping, astonishingly rich, important book, filled with flamboyant gangsters, devious rackets, vicious hits, secret policemen, Kremlin leaders and criminal slang, is at once a true-crime chronicle, a work of scholarship, an anthropological study, a political history of the fused underworld and upper echelons of Russian power — and essential reading today.” Evening Standard, 29 May 2018, by Simon Sebag-Montefiore

“Indispensable… Galeotti, a British academic based in Prague, is a world authority on Russian criminality and the country’s intelligence services. The Vory combines both parts of his expertise.” Times, 7 April 2018, by Edward Lucas

“Galeotti cuts through the legends, to get to the real story…. The Vory is a timely, readable and important text for anyone thinking of ways to restrict Russian influence over the west and to punish Russia’s leadership for its crimes.” Guardian, 9 April 2018, by Oliver Bullough


‘Марк Галеотти о своей новой книге “Воры. Русская супер-мафия”‘ (‘Mark Galeotti on his new book. “The Vory: Russia’s super mafia”‘), Deutsche Welle Russian language service




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