Alena Ledeneva

Alena is Professor of Politics and Society at the University College London and a founder of the Global Informality Project ( and The Global Encyclopedia of Informality (2018). She graduated from Cambridge University (Newnham) and authored Russia’s Economy of Favours (1998), How Russia Really Works (2006), Can Russia Modernize? (2013).

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A tale of corruption and corridors. The Mint hears how Alena Ledeneva looks for favours. During the final days of the Soviet Union in 1990, a young sociology student in

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