Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti (born October 1965) is a London-based lecturer and writer on transnational crime and Russian security affairs and director of the consultancy Mayak Intelligence. He is an Honorary Professor at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, as well as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and previously head of its Centre for European Security.

Books in order of publication most recent first:


  • The Westernization of Everything: A Field Guide to the New Way of War – 2022
  • A Short History of Russia, 2020 (New York: Hanover Square) and 2021 (London: Ebury)
  • Armies of the Russian-Ukrainian War, 2019. (London: Osprey)
  • We Need to Talk About Putin, 2019. (London: Ebury)
  • Russian Political Warfare: moving beyond the hybrid, 2019. (London: Routledge)
  • Kulikovo 1380: the battle that made Russia, 2019 (London: Osprey)
  • The Vory: Russia’s super mafia, 2018 (London and New Haven: Yale University Press) – also licensed for translation in 11 other languages, to date.
  • The Modern Russian Army, 1992-2016, 2017. (London: Osprey) – also published in Polish and Italian
  • Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right, 2016. (Prague: Mayak)
  • Spetsnaz: Russia’s special forces, 2015. (London: Osprey) – also published in Swedish
  • Russia’s Chechen Wars, 2014. (London: Osprey) – also published in Romanian
  • Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991, 2013. (London: Osprey)
  • Paths of Wickedness and Crime: the underworlds of the Renaissance Italian city, 2012. (New York: Gonfalone)
  • The Politics of Security in Modern Russia[edited], 2010. (London: Ashgate)
  • Organized Crime in History[edited], 2009. (London: Routledge)
  • Global Crime Today: the changing face of organised crime[edited], 2005. (London: Routledge)
  • Criminal Russia: a source book and coursebook on 150 years of crime, corruption & policing, 2003. (Keele, ORECRU, revised 4th edition)
  • Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime [edited], 2002. (London, Ashgate)
  • Putin’s Russia [edited], 2002 (London, Jane’s), co-edited with Ian Synge
  • Gorbachev and his Revolution (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1997). Elements of this book were republished within People Who Made History: Mikhail Gorbachev, edited by Tom Head (New York, Gale: 2003)
  • Jane’s Sentinel: Russia (Coulsdon, Jane’s, 1997)
  • Unstable Russia (Coulsdon, Jane’s, 1996)
  • The Age of Anxiety. Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Harlow, Longman Higher Academic, 1995). Translated into Czech as Čas Úzkosti (Prague, Orbis, 1998)
  • Afghanistan: The Soviet Union’s last war (London, Frank Cass, 1995, new edition released in paperback 2001)
  • The Kremlin’s Agenda (Coulsdon, Jane’s Information Group, 1995)
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