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The Art of the BribeCorruption Under Stalin, 1943-1953$
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James Heinzen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300175257

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300175257.001.0001

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“Pick the Flowers while They’re in Bloom”

“Pick the Flowers while They’re in Bloom”

The Contours of Bribery in the Agencies of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

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The Art of the Bribe

James Heinzen

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Chapter 2 shifts the focus to bribery among law enforcement and criminal justice officials. The enormous number of arrests for nonpolitical crimes, and the influx of those cases into the courts, provides context for an upsurge of deal making in the overwhelmed legal agencies. Arrests gave rise to appeals, protests, and complaints. The sheer volume of cases created opportunity for judges and prosecutors to accept illicit gifts in exchange for reducing sentences or reviewing decisions, if they were willing to take the risk. In this sense, Stalin’s crackdown on the theft of “socialist property,” profiteering, and other economic and property crimes unexpectedly increased the prospects for offering and accepting bribes. Many petitioners, having lost confidence in the official channels, turned to potentially dangerous deals with officials.

Keywords:   Courts, Judge, Police, Repression, Appeals, Lawyers, Fees, Gulag, Theft of State Property, Procuracy

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