`Martin McCauley is one of the few authorities writing in English who understands the shocking scale and range of the cancer of post-Soviet crime. His book is both important and frightening. He shows in masterful fashion how violence and corruption have become as important to the Russian system as the politics from which they are not always distinguishable.' John Simpson, World Affairs Unit BBCEvery businessman is a roving bandit. He is always on the lookout for something to steal. During the 1990s the roving bandits, big business or the oligarchs stole Russia. They gained influence over President Yeltsin and his government and gradually shaped policy in their own interests.`Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia' is about the extraordinary decade which saw Russia move from communism to capitalism in one huge leap. The result was misery for most of the people but immense riches for a few.As the new regime of Putin takes hold, Martin McCauley presents the only full explanation of why Russia took the course it did in the preceding decade.Martin McCauley is a world expert on Russian affairs, frequently commenting for television and the media.
His many books include `The Soviet Union, 1917-1991'.
Martin McCauley is a specialist on the region and has published more than 20 books on the former Soviet Union and East Germany. He frequently appears as a commentator on regional issues on radio and TV in the UK and the US, and also acts as an investment consultant for companies considering investment in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.