Georgia is one of the most corrupt and crime-ridden nations of the
former Soviet Union. In the Soviet period, Georgians played a major
role in organized crime groups and the shadow economy operating
throughout the Soviet Union, and in the post-Soviet period, Georgia
continues to be important source of international crime and
corruption. Important changes have been made since the Rose
Revolution in Georgia to address the organized crime and pervasive
This book, based on extensive original research, surveys the
most enduring aspects of organized crime and corruption in Georgia
and the most important reforms since the Rose Revolution. Endemic
crime and corruption had a devastating effect on government and
everyday life in Georgia, spurring widespread popular discontent
that culminated with the Rose Revolution in 2003. Some of the hopes
of the Rose Revolution have been realized, though major challenges
lie ahead as Georgia confronts deep-seated crime and corruption
issues that will remain central to political, economic, and social
life in the years to come.
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