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In The Media

14 January 2016 – Times Higher Education Book of the Week

My latest book, Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, was selected as “book of the week” in  Times Higher Education’s 14-20 January 2016 issue. The full text of the review and and an interview can be found on THE’s website.

In a related Times Higher Education podcast, I speak with THE Books Editor Karen Shook, about my  life as a university student in the USSR, summer as a visiting fellow in 1990 in the “paradise” of the University of Kent, changes in society and the academy ushered in by Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms, and research for my latest book, “Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power”, including interviews with members (“the lads”) of Kazan gangs about criminality, masculinity, social mobility and the code of the street.

2 February 2016 – International Business Times article

My work is also featured in Inside Russian Street Gangs by Tom Porter of the International Business Times.

29 March 2016 – Sean’s Russia Blog Podcast

I discuss my book with Sean Guillory of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in a podcast titled The Gangs of Russia on his “Sean’s Russia Blog” website.

18 May 2016 – Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4

I was invited to take part in “Thinking Allowed” with Professor Laurie Taylor on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 18 May.

19 June 2016 – Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle

I was interviewed about Russian football hooligans on “Inside Europe” on Deutsche Welle’s international service on Sunday 19 June.

3 March 2017 – BASEES

“Gangs of Russia” wins Alexander Nove Prize for scholarly work of high quality in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet studies

9 March 2017 – Deutsche Welle

I was interviewed about Russian Parliamentarian Igor Lebedev ‘s suggestion that  hooligans clashing could become a spectator sport on Deutsche Welle’s international service on Sunday 19 June. Audio available here and the text of the interview is available here.

20 February 2018 – Current Sociology

I was named as Current Sociology’s “Sociologist of the Month” for my article “It takes two to tango: The state and organized crime in Russia