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Problems of Fighting Crime in the Sphere of Economic Activity

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This report contains the papers presented at a conference on the problems of fighting crime in the sphere of economic activity, sponsored by various institutions of criminology in Ukraine.
The sponsors advise that these papers can be of interest to law enforcement professionals and professors and students of law schools in English-speaking countries and Ukraine. The opening address notes that economic crime has become the most crucial legal problem in Ukraine as it attempts to make the transition from a totalitarian state to an independent democratic state based in law. The current wave of crime includes such economic crimes as forging financial documents, stealing strategically important raw materials, predatory exploitation of natural resources, smuggling highly productive technologies abroad, laundering criminal capital, and investing illegal proceeds in legitimate businesses and politics. A second paper reports on progress in the drafting of legislation designed to counter economic crime in Ukraine, followed by a paper on the processes of "economy shadowing" and ways of preventing it. The problems of investigating economic crime and recommendations for addressing them are also discussed. Other papers address various studies of economic crime conducted by the scholars of the Scientific Research Institute for the Study of Crime Problems in Ukraine, international cooperation in fighting crime, organized crime, factors of crime in the economic field, and the prosecution of crimes committed by a criminal organization in the new draft criminal code of Ukraine. Other issues considered are the causes and conditions of corruption in Ukraine, investigative techniques for economic crimes, security for those committed to fighting economic crime, and conference recommendations.