Steppes in a journey

Alena Ledeneva was born in the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia but, as a result of being in the right place at the right time, she gained a place to do a PhD in the UK on the informal economy in Russia known as blat. She realised this was her competitive advantage. She is now a leading international expert on corruption based at UCL. The Mint found out more about her journey and what she had learnt.

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 …

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