Category Archives: Crime

How the Mob Gets Rich Off of Recessions

Great article from Roberto Saviano, an author I admire a lot, about how economic climates affect crime, something I argue strongly about in posts about Russian Organized Crime. http://www.vice.com/read/how-the-mob-gets-rich-off-of-recessions-0000528-v21n12 The Mafia has always profited from economic crisis. Recessions fill up the … Continue reading

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The Uralmash Gang- A Case Study of Russian Organized Crime

The Uralmash gang is a good case study because it demonstrates how by adapting to the changing circumstances of the transition, Uralmash was able to overpower the Vory in one of their traditional strongholds and insert themselves into the political … Continue reading

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The Globalization of Russian Organized Crime

Another important trend in Russian organized crime is globalization. Expansion happened quickly after the transition- by 1993 the Russian police claimed that crime groups based in the former Soviet Union conducted business in twenty-nine nations.[1] Different parts of the world … Continue reading

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Krysha- Organized Crime and Private Protection in Russia

In the first years of the 1990s, violence and crime were rampant in Russian cities. Crime rose by 33 percent from 1991 to 1992, and in 1993, the murder rate increased 27 percent while crimes committed with firearms rose an … Continue reading

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The Political-Criminal Nexus in Russia

When the political establishment collaborates with the criminal underworld, they form a political-criminal nexus (PCN). PCNs undermine state-building, rule of law, and the trust between the state and its citizens that is required for good governance.[1] While the Vory were … Continue reading

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Bandits: Understanding the Post-Soviet Russian Criminal Class

Unlike the traditional mafia in Italy, or crime groups in Columbia or Mexico, criminal organizations in Russia were not based on ethnic ties, but built from groups of people with similar backgrounds.[1] Many of the bandits had ties to the … Continue reading

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The Vor v Zakone: Soviet Era Organized Crime

Organized crime was radically different during the Soviet era than in the post-Soviet era. Officially, the Communist Party taught that there was no organized crime in the Soviet Union, but in reality, organized crime thrived in the vast networks of … Continue reading

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Is North Korea One Big International Crime Family?

http://www.fletchersecurity.org/#!Is-North-Korea-One-Big-International-Crime-Family/c1okt/49D23918-94C7-4FB2-BF79-2913E1E31F10 Please find my new blog post for the Fletcher Security Review below. North Korea has little in the way of traditional domestic or international economic activity. Since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet … Continue reading

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Politics of Financial Warfare: The Banco Delta Asia Case Part-3

This is part 3 of the series, the first part is here: http://smallcrowdedworld.com/2014/04/24/politics-of-financial-warfare-the-banco-delta-asia-case-part-1/ The second part is here: http://smallcrowdedworld.com/2014/04/25/politics-of-financial-warfare-the-banco-delta-asia-case-part-2/ Aftermath of Diplomacy: North Korea’s Continued Nuclear Program By almost any metric the Six Party Talks has been a failure for the U.S. and … Continue reading

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Defining Terrorism: difficulty in devising a universal meaning

Terrorism is a difficult term to define in a neutral manner.  Efforts to come up with a legal definition of terrorism in the United Nations failed due to states being unable to agree what is a legitimate use of violence … Continue reading

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