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Misha Glenny

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Age: 57

Citizenship: United Kingdom

What is the Mafia

Born Misha Glenny (Misha Glenny) in 1958. He is the son of the late British writer and translator Michael Glenny (Michael Glenny). Education Glennie received in college Magdalen College School, then at the University of Bristol (Bristol University), he also studied at the Prague University (Prague`s Charles University).

Starting work as a journalist, Glenn was in the state `The Guardian`, specializing in Central Europe, and later began working as the BBC. In the early 1990s, he covered the war in Yugoslavia (Yugoslav wars), and in 1993 Michael received the award `Sony Gold Award` for their reports. He has written three books on Central and Eastern Europe, and his book `McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld` (Russ` MakMafiya: journey to the international criminal miru`., 2008) raised the topic of organized crime; Glennie suggested that organized crime can be up to 15% of GDP in the world.

Glennie visited many criminal outbreaks around the world - in Eastern Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East, and everywhere the object of his attention and investigative journalism was the mafia and organized crime.

According to his theory, a powerful global mafia activity tochok received in the period before the collapse Sovetsvogo Union, when a huge number of celebrities turned out to be unnecessary the country. They also made an attempt to find themselves other ways of earning. Among these people were famous athletes, spies, special agents and informants, former senior officials and party bosses. All these people could travel to the West, which in those days was a huge success, not all available.

So, Misha Glenny sure that these people played a key role in the market economy in Eastern Europe. Pretty smart, he shows how it worked merchants in Eastern European countries, when the Soviet system collapsed.

Glennie has studied the phenomenon of organized crime in Bulgaria in the late 1980s and in the 1990s, as in Yugoslavia, he had already made quite a disappointing conclusion - the loudest for war crimes were people who stood at the helm of both mafias. And then Glennie went around the world, set a goal - to explore the criminal world.

He talked to the police, the victims of crime and consumers of services, as well as by the mafia.

Today Misha Glenny sure - organized crime throughout the world works exactly the same as any business. This business has its own production and consumption areas, their laws and their by-products. The number of people involved and the number of dead in this business Glenny compares with the Second World War.

In his books, Glennie leads quite shocking figures, and makes a very disappointing forecasts that organized crime can be up to 15% of global GDP.

Since January 2012, Misha Glenny was a visiting professor at the Institute of Harriman Institute at Columbia University (Columbia University).

Among other books Glennie - `The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers` (1999) and` DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You` (2011).

We know that Misha Glenny married, he and his wife, journalist Kirsty Lang (Kirsty Lang), have three children.