Tag Archives: Ukraine

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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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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Police reform in Ukraine

This 25-minute documentary covers the last several years of police reform in Ukraine, with particular focus on policing domestic violence in the country and on gender equity in the new patrol police.

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Better interviewing & interrogation

Here’s an interview with a Norwegian former homicide investigator who has studied suspect interviewing techniques around the world and applied them during his police career, starting with the UK’s PEACE model and adding strategic elements. The key is to foster … Continue reading

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Illegal amber mining in Ukraine

This article describes environmentally-destructive illegal amber mining in Ukraine. The country has the world’s second largest amber deposits but has not developed an effective system of legal mining. Police have targeted the illegal “prospecting ” but rarely catch offenders in … Continue reading

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