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05:08 May 1, 2008
Russian to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - History / Russian history, GULAG, urki, prison hierarchy
Russian term or phrase:vory v zakone
" Known as urki, blatnoi or if they were among the criminal world's most exclusive elite, vory v zakone -the expression translates as ** thieves-in-law ** - Russian professional criminals lived by a whole set of rules and customs which preceded the Gulag, and which outlasted it."
As I do not speak, write or understand any Russian at all, please try to explain only in English.
Ivan, the link does not seem to be working! It says error. Secondly, like I said, I do not understand, read or write any Russian at all. How is that supposed to help me then?
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Explanation: This is the closest you will get. Do a search in the glossaries as well. This has already been discussed.
However, for the Russian equivalent you do not have to "make your bones" by killing someone. Rather, the Russian career criminals value criminal vocations that do not involve killing. In fact, one cannot be "crowned" vor-v-zakone if one has blood on one's hand. One has to be a house thief, a safe cracker, or similar and achieve prison "status" to get crowned.
Michael Tovbin United States Local time: 17:11 Native speaker of: English, Russian PRO pts in category: 4
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Explanation: Please see this link, will surely help