• Corpus ID: 20141183

Organized Crime and Corruption in Ukraine: Impediments to the Development of a Free Market Economy

  title={Organized Crime and Corruption in Ukraine: Impediments to the Development of a Free Market Economy},
  author={Louise Shelley},
  • L. Shelley
  • Published 22 September 1998
  • Political Science
  • Demokratizatsiya
Organized crime and endemic corruption threaten the stability of Ukraine and undermine its transition to a market economy. The indigenous crime problem of Ukraine is significant, but the problems are exacerbated by the criminalization of the Russian state and most of the successor states of the former USSR. Criminal links operate across the former USSR, and the proximity of Ukraine to both Western Europe and the Caucasus makes those countries important transit points for diverse criminal… 

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