Tag Archives: Russia

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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