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The Art of the Bribe: Corruption Under Stalin, 1943-1953

James Heinzen


Traditions of official corruption inherited from the Soviet and late Imperial eras have continued to touch Russian life since the collapse of the USSR. This study is the first archive-based, historical study of bribery and corruption in the Soviet Union for this period. A study of the solicitation and offering of bribes forms the heart of this research. Bribery (vziatochnichestvo)—typically defined in law as gifts in cash or in kind intended to influence public officials to the benefit of the giver—represents the paradigmatic variety of corruption. This study takes a novel approach to the phen ... More

Keywords: Corruption, Bribery, Gifts, Informal relationships, Black markets, Stalinism, Everyday Life, Crime, Courts, Judges, Anti-corruption campaign

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300175257
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Heinzen, author
Rowan University