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Coping with the failure of the police in post-Soviet Russia: findings from one empirical study

Zernova, Margarita


Dr Margarita Zernova
Lecturer in Criminology and Programme Director for MA in Criminal Justice and Crime Control


This paper discusses various adaptations and strategies developed by post-Soviet Russians in response to the failure of the police. It does so based on findings derived from an empirical study carried out by the author. A number of survival techniques utilised by citizens to compensate for dysfunctional policing is outlined, and dangers triggered by these coping strategies are highlighted.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-12
Journal Police practice and research
Print ISSN 1561-4263
Electronic ISSN 1477-271X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 6
Pages 474-486
Keywords Post-Soviet Russia, Police, Public distrust, Coping techniques
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Police practice and research, 2011, v.13, issue 6