Organized Crime has existed in Russia (former Soviet Union) for centuries. Under the communist regime corruption was as normal in Russia as snow falling during the winter. One of the big money makers for the Russian criminals was selling Western products on the black market, a market they controlled in the 1970s and 80s.
It was also during this time that there was a wave of Russian émigrés who fled to North America. Most of these émigrés were Jewish, however a lot of Russians faked a Jewish passport, among them Russian criminals. Most of the Russians settled in Brighton Beach in New York, which has the largest Russian population outside of Russia.
When the Soviet Union fell apart, Russian organized crime was unleashed unto the world. Russian organized crime can now be found everywhere, from the US to Israel to Spain and England. The Russians can be considered to be among the most powerful criminals in the world.
Russian criminals are active in: Fraud, transnational money laundering, extortion, drug trafficking, weapon smuggling, auto theft, white slave trafficking/prostitution, hostage taking, extortion of immigrant celebrities and sport figures, transportation of stolen property for export, insurance and medical fraud, counterfeiting, credit card fraud, and murder.
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Boris Nayfeld (flipped)
Sergei Tsapok (in prison)
Victor Bout (in prison)
Aleksandr Solonik (whacked)
Sergei "Mikhas" Mikhailov (in freedom)
Evsei "The Little Don" Agron (whacked)
Semion Mogilevich (in freedom)
Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov (in freedom)
Boss of Brooklyn’s Eastern European mob extradited to US from Switzerland to face racketeering charges
Real “Lord of War” back from the shadows as pawn in international prisoner swap between US and Russia
Brooklyn Pure Armenian Blood member admits racketeering and fraud
Money launderer of powerful US-based Russian Mafia boss pleads guilty
Spanish court rules investments of Tambovskaya-Malyshevskaya Russian Mafia clan not criminal
Russian Mafia boss Razhden Shulaya ran nationwide criminal enterprise from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas
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How Russian oligarchs turned Latvia into their money laundering machine
Russian mob crew in Brighton Beach busted by DEA, IRS
Russian extortionist pleads guilty after mob boss flips, agrees to testify against him
Russia arrests top officials, charges them with taking bribes from mob boss
Russian Mafia money laundering ring busted in Spain
Russian mob boss Sergei Mikhailov orders the internet to ‘fuggedabout’ him
Fugitive Russian mobster caught in Pattaya, Thailand
Russian mob boss released on bail in Austria
How two Russian mobsters got caught up in the Iraqi civil war
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Russian mob boss arrested in Thailand
Spain police bust Russian Mafia gang Taganskaya
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Viktor Bout Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
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Russia 1990 - 1994
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