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18:45 - 21:00 7 February 2018

McMafia: The Reality


Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics, UCL SSEES
Dr Mark Galeotti, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Prague
Dr Philippa Hetherington, Lecturer in Modern Eurasian History, UCL SSEES
Dr Alexander Kupatadze, Lecturer, King`s Russia Institute
Professor Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics and Society, UCL SSEES

The BBC's McMafia is an international thriller with Russian organised crime at its heart and London as its hub. But how realistic is the portrayal of Russian-managed drug and human trafficking rings all run from offices in the City? The Russian Embassy has hit out at what it calls the show's cliches, while the author Misha Glenny has defended his portrayal of global crime rings run from the former Soviet space.This SSEES roundtable brings together experts on the place of Russia in both the perpetration and the prosecution of transnational crime to navigate these murky waters. We will look at the long history of stereotypes of the Russian international criminal, and the present-day efforts to suppress organised crime in the region. Only SSEES can bring you this concentration of Russia-watchers, so join us on February 7 with all your McMafia questions!


Claudia Roland
+44 (0) 20 7679 8754 | c.roland@ucl.ac.uk


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