Russia?s Uncivil Society: The Russian Mafia Within and Beyond Borders

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Sunday, May 1, 1994
Mafias have a tight hold on virtually every level of civil and economic life in Russia, strangling the weakening body of reform. The prevalence of organized crime has led the Yeltsin government to seek international cooperation to solve what is clearly an international problem. While the nature of the organized crime problem in Russia screams out the need for domestic and international action, political and civil realities stifle the potential for success. The Russian mafia is involved in narcotic trafficking, prostitution and gambling. Additionally, it controls legal commercial activities. This article provides a brief history of the Russian mafia, Yeltsin?s response to mafia domination of Russian society, the international implications of mafia activities, and international efforts to fight mafia crime?[more]