The humanities and social science

2021 Issue №4

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Organized crime in Soviet Russia: the paradox of institutiona­lization. Part two



This article follows the previous publication, which showed the growth of the organized crime in the Soviet period of Russian social history. This part of the article reveals the features of organized criminal activity during the so-called "stagnation period." At the same time, the author emphasizes that the 1980s were the most favorable for the sprawl of organized crime. It was during these years that this type of antisocial activity reached its peak, covering all spheres of social life with its influence, bringing to life a massive near-criminal social world. In particular, it was a matter of increasing corruption of local structures, the apparatus of management, including Party officials at various levels, which had not been known before. Corruption also affected law enforcement agencies, especially the police. In this part of the ar­ticle, the author noted that in a very short period of history related Y. V. And­ro­pov certain steps were taken to curb the most visible and dangerous ma­ni­festations of organized crime, but this period itself was not long. Later rest­ruc­turing essentially crossed out what was done and marked the onset of a new stage in the development of organized forms of criminal activity. Various ma­nifestations of organized crime, which has always tried to merge with legal forms of economic and other activity, are also considered. Suggestions have been made about the possibility of further limiting the spheres of influence of or­ganized criminal activity.