УДК 93/94: 351.746



Original article


The Fight against Crime in the Documents of Regional Authorities of the Era of Late Socialism

Tumakov D. V.



Introduction. The issues of combating crime in the era of late socialism currently remain poorly understood. The purpose of this work is to study the activities of local elites and law enforcement agencies in confronting crime in the 1960s — 1980s.

Materials and methods. The article analyzes the documents of the party-Soviet authorities of the Yaroslavl and partly Vladimir regions. It is based on problem-chronological and historical-comparative methods.

Results and discussion. The study and analysis of archival documents made it possible to determine the most common types of crimes in the province in the era of Leonid Brezhnev. Particular attention of the authorities and law enforcement officers was occupied by cases of embezzlement and hooliganism. There have been noticeable positive changes in the daily work of the police. It actively fought against all kinds of violations of the law, scrupulously analyzing their causes. Party-Soviet authorities at the district, city and regional levels invariably supported law enforcement officers. Some shortcomings in the work of the police, encountered at that time and suppressed by the command, are also given.

Conclusion. As a result of the study, it was possible to identify the existence of strong control of the party-Soviet authorities over the activities of the police. At the same time, the shortcomings of the economy and management in general did not allow law enforcement officers to achieve more in eliminating offenses.

Keywords: late socialism, regional elites, common crime, regional committee of the CPSU, regional executive committee, police, Yaroslavl region

For citation: Tumakov DV. The Fight against Crime in the Documents of Regional Authorities of the Era of Late Socialism. Bulletin of the Research Institute of the Humanities by the Government of the Republic of Mordovia. 2023;15(4):107—122. EDN XXPYVE




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The article was submitted 22.05.2023; approved after reviewing 30.08.2023; accepted for publication 06.09.2023.


Information about the author:

Denis V. Tumakov, Associate Professor of Department of History and Philosophy of Yaroslavl State Medical University (5 Revolutsionnaya Str., Yaroslavl 150000, Russia), Candidate of Historical Sciences, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8569-7246, denistumakov@yandex.ru


Conflict of interest: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.