Tag Archives: Russia

Thieves in law

This article discusses interlocking organized crime groups throughout Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, led by “crowned thieves” and “thieves in law.” Many of the leaders are from Georgia where a 2005 crackdown inspired them to take up residence in … Continue reading

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The NotPetya cyberattack

This article provides details about the 2017 NotPetya cyberattack estimated to have cost $10 billion. Originating as a Russian military hack of a Ukrainian accounting firm, it quickly spread around the world, immobilizing numerous corporations. Maersk, a global shipping company … Continue reading

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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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