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Crime after Communism.
The story of small-time gangsters rising from obscurity to the top is a familar one ("Scarface" and "The Godfather II," both fact-based accounts, come to mind as classics), but the unfamiliar setting and engaging detail of "Batya" make this admittedly rough-edged book compelling and fascinating.
Batya: The Russian Godfather," brings to life a world that most of us luckily will never encounter: a city run by corrupt cops and Mafiosi; nights punctuated by the screams of street fights and drive-by shootings; and an economy ruled by dishonesty and crime.
But for Russians living in Moscow after the fall of Communism this world is real. And despite its dark surface, there's a romanticism to the wild, post-Soviet Russia envoked in this engrossing, real-life story set in early 1990s Moscow.
The result is a strikingly original work, not quite a novel, not quite a work of non-fiction, not quite a memoir. More than anything, it's a rough snapshot of a bizarre subculture in a bizarre place and time in which everything was up for grabs.The author's rugged, imperfect prose captures the harshness of 1990s Moscow-its streets, stores, night clubs and brothels- and they write with a knowing pen about the Machiavellian thought processes of ruthless con men and criminals.
"Batya" focuses on one group that made a bold bid for success in the midst of that chaos, and briefly beat out rival Chechen and Russian mafia groups for supremacy in the heart of Moscow. At the height of their influence, the group had police and government officials securely in its pocket through bribery and arm-twisting. But their rise to power began modestly.
The reader becomes a fly on the wall as Alex and Arthur, the two flawed heroes of the book, weave through the Moscow underground, and Russian businessmen, entertain prized clients at a high-class brothel, and brawl with thugs outside of a night club.
Under Alex's resourceful leadership, they mount a series of small cons, and later gradually, using brains and intimidation, they muscle out rival gangs to dominate the multi-million dollar market for cigarettes, liquor, and other high-demand delicacies in luxury-starved Moscow.
Dan Carlin, Desert Post Weekly. May 12, 2005
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"This book contradicts the basic commandments of the Cristian belief and combined both moral and immoral issues in one, attempting to prove their unlimited desires for material goods, therefore I can not recommend this book."
Serafim D. (Russian Priest)
"For the Government, who claims democracy and freedom of speech, in reality mergers with the prosperity of criminal extremism, this book is the fearless break-through with indisputable historical facts, exposing and sweeping away all early false ideology, chronologically proving also the upcoming threat to Man kind in the future."
Boris R. (Historian, Professor at Moscow University)
"It is a very good and useful book. I even consider it as a guide-book for the people in our business, which proves for once and for all, that the Mafia controls the world, and always will. This book should be given to the prisoners to read,... so they can learn how to stay out of prison."
Vladimir N. (Russian Mafioso)
"At first it looks like a political book, but in reality it all about life, the relation between man and woman, filled with passion, hope and love. This epic story is the key to life, filled with mysteries. It helped me to understand how men think about as, women, and comprehend the definition of the real men. I suggest every woman should read this book."
Natalya L. (School teacher in Moscow)
"This book undoubtedly and objectively shows the period of the big and constructive changes in our country. Despite of the author''s conspiracy with many facts and details in the book, some material should have not been published, therefore not to tarnish our position in the world''s political arena."
Gennady D. (Ex-KGB officer)
The doctrine of any Government is to provide it''s own security from his country''s enemies. And other temporary instabilities inside the country, such as corruption, business affairs and the Mafia is the property of our country. Publishing with the details our problems is equal to damaging to the development of democracy in our country. And such information shouldn''t be accessable to any one! And the authors will take full responsibility for revealing it! Period!
Nikolay G. (Ex-Politician. Communist)
With all respect and appreciation to the creators of this epic story, who truthfully described the pioneers of the Russian businesses, and the beginning stages of their not so easy path, among the many who didn''t survive. The authors were able to expose deep secrets with ease and a talented approach. The priceless advantage of this book is, that any body will be able to benefit to his own interests, by not making mistakes, only if there is no trust in the Government. This book would be helpful for many businessmen, since for many of them it is still a mystery, what''s going on in their own country. When a person is knowlegable, then he is armed.
Igor A. (Russian businessman)About the Author:
"About the Author The Authors now residing in the southwestern part of the United States." PLEAS, TAKE IT OUT. THANK YOU
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Book Description Authorhouse, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1420836641