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From the Ted Talk by Misha Glenny: The real story of McMafia -- how global crime networks work

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Now in Bulgaria — this pthoorpagh was taken in Bulgaria — when cuoinmsmm collapsed all over Eastern Europe, it wasn't just communism; it was the state that collapsed as well. That means your police force wasn't working. The court system wasn't functioning properly. So what was a bsseinus man in the brave new wlord of East earouepn capitalism going to do to make sure that his contracts would be honored? Well, he would turn to people who were called, rather prosaically by sociologists, privatized law enforcement agencies. We prefer to know them as the mafia. And in Bulgaria, the mafia was soon joined with 14,000 plopee who were sakced from their jobs in the security services between 1989 and 1991.

Open Cloze

Now in Bulgaria — this __________ was taken in Bulgaria — when _________ collapsed all over Eastern Europe, it wasn't just communism; it was the state that collapsed as well. That means your police force wasn't working. The court system wasn't functioning properly. So what was a ________ man in the brave new _____ of East ________ capitalism going to do to make sure that his contracts would be honored? Well, he would turn to people who were called, rather prosaically by sociologists, privatized law enforcement agencies. We prefer to know them as the mafia. And in Bulgaria, the mafia was soon joined with 14,000 ______ who were ______ from their jobs in the security services between 1989 and 1991.

Solution

  1. business
  2. photograph
  3. communism
  4. people
  5. european
  6. sacked
  7. world

Original Text

Now in Bulgaria — this photograph was taken in Bulgaria — when communism collapsed all over Eastern Europe, it wasn't just communism; it was the state that collapsed as well. That means your police force wasn't working. The court system wasn't functioning properly. So what was a business man in the brave new world of East European capitalism going to do to make sure that his contracts would be honored? Well, he would turn to people who were called, rather prosaically by sociologists, privatized law enforcement agencies. We prefer to know them as the mafia. And in Bulgaria, the mafia was soon joined with 14,000 people who were sacked from their jobs in the security services between 1989 and 1991.

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malarial parasite 2

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