Dashkova Centre

The Politics of Unfree Labour in Russia: Human Trafficking and Labour Migration

How, and why, did human trafficking out of Russia escalate at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Why did some labour migrants from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan find happy work situations in Russia whereas others became trapped in forced labour? Mary Buckley presents her new, path-breaking book, which focuses on human trafficking out of the Russian Federation since the collapse of the Soviet state and on labour migration into it from Central Asia, and on some internal movement. She examines government documents, interviews with key state actors, policy experts, NGO activists, newspaper articles, survey research and focus groups to give a detailed account of how Russia deals with the global issue of “unfree labour”.

Mary Buckley is a specialist in Soviet and post-Soviet politics, society, history and foreign policy. Research topics have covered human trafficking in and out of Russia; Russian policies on incoming labour migrants; the Soviet external role in the East European revolutions of 1989; the disintegration of the Soviet state; political groups and crisis in the Gorbachev era; Russian narratives on foreign policy; rural Stakhanovism in the 1930s; gender; and Soviet ideology.

 

The Politics of Unfree Labour in Russia: Human Trafficking and Labour Migration

A book launch with Professor Mary Buckley (Cambridge University)

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