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This is the eighth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. This publication was written by Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.
How far can some of Russia’s present troubles and future potentials be read from what’s happening in the stews and shadows of its underworld? If they are any measure, then the country can expect desperation, diversification, deal-making, and destabilization. Of course, the world of the gangsters is far removed from that of the “upperworld,” but some of their stories speak to the increasingly frantic efforts taking place within the legitimate economy to survive in a time of scarcity and uncertainty.