Tag Archives: Russia

Chechens in exile

This article describes the fate of Chechens in exile, including some 50,000 in Germany. Russia abuses the Interpol red notice system to pursue and harass them while Chechen strong man Ramzan Kadyrov demands public apologies from any who criticize him, … Continue reading

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Interpol trying to mend

This article reviews the evolution of Interpol over the last 20 years, including current attempts to rein in the abuse of red notices. Right after the events of September 11, 2001, the agency began emphasizing more information sharing and streamlining … Continue reading

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Laundering billions

The Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has uncovered a scheme that “allowed corrupt politicians and organized-crime figures to launder funds, evade taxes, hide assets abroad, and carry out other illegal activities,” as reported here. The “Troika Laundromat” … Continue reading

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Shifting face of international terrorism

Counter-terrorism efforts directed mainly at ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Middle East will need to shift attention to Russian-speaking individuals and networks in the coming years, according to this article. Terror groups that previously resisted oppressive governments in their own … Continue reading

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Interpol elects South Korean president

Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has been elected president of Interpol by a vote of member countries, as reported here. He replaces Meng Hongwei of China, who was detained in his country earlier this year and faces corruption charges. … Continue reading

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Russia decriminalizes some domestic violence

Unless there is “substantial bodily harm,” domestic violence in Russia now carries a fine rather than arrest and prosecution, as reported here. One of the sponsors of the 2017 legislation (a woman) said women “do not take offense when they … Continue reading

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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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