Tag Archives: Russia

Thieves in law arrested in Spain

This article reports 130 arrests and searches of 70 properties in Spain and France, following investigation of the Armenian faction of the Russian organized crime group “Thieves in Law,” described as “the largest and most dangerous group in Europe right … Continue reading

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Gangster’s paradise

This excerpt from a forthcoming book describes the evolution of Russian organized crime from the 1980s to the present. While the 1990s “were the glory days of the Russian gangsters … [they have] become increasingly tamed by a political elite that is … Continue reading

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Interpol abuse by authoritarian regimes

This article reports the 3-week jailing in Cyprus of a Russian anti-corruption activist due to an Interpol “diffusion notice.” A political associate of a Putin opponent, he had been accused of stealing a $3 campaign poster outside Moscow, after which … Continue reading

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2017 corruption perceptions index

The 2017 public sector corruption index from Transparency International, based on perceptions of experts and businesspeople, is available here. Best in the world is New Zealand, worst is Somalia. Here are the best & worst world rankings by region: Africa — … Continue reading

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Interpol updates

At its annual General Assembly in Bali, Interpol declined Taiwan’s request to participate in observer status, and declined the Palestinian application to become a member state. On the sidelines, Interpol signed a cooperation agreement with GCCPOL, the new regional association … Continue reading

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Migrant smuggling prices and exploitation rise

This article cites Europol that migrant smuggling into Europe has gotten more costly in the last 6 months, routes are longer, and reports of labor exploitation are up, probably as a means of paying the higher prices. Smugglers are often … Continue reading

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Baltic organized crime

This article summarizes current organized crime trends in the Baltic states. While law enforcement agencies have become more effective in the last decade, growing economies and continued Russian influence contribute to new organized crime threats.

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