History of the Russian Mob Essay

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Sawyer Murphy Coach Estep Contemporary Issues December 7th, 2014 What is Russia Doing? While the USSR believed that it would never fall, it cut almost all ties to the rest of the world. After the downfall of the Soviet Union, Russia and other surrounding states fell into social, economic, and militaristic decline. Mobs grew in size and power with ties to just about any conflict in the world. Under Boris Yeltsin, the Russian GDP fell below one million International Dollars. Corruption of political leaders ran rampant with almost no control or punishment. The Russian military, without any other beneficiaries or monetary ground, had almost no power at all. Russian organized crime, commonly known as the Russian Mafia or Bravta, has its roots in the period of Tsars. It was not until after World War II and the rise of the Soviet era that the mob became more defined as a series of “thieves in law” (vory v zakone) with their own codes of honor. While the Soviet Union was crashing, many mafia leaders held summits to discuss how they would take over post-communist Russia and who would have power over what. It was agreed that Vyacheslav Ivankov would be relocated to control the Russian mob in North America. One year after his arrival he had built an organized trade of narcotics, money laundering, prostitutes and many other ‘goods’. Along with establishing a successful Russian Mafia in the United States, Ivankov created ties with the American Mafia as well as Columbian drug cartels. With the fall of the Soviet Union many ex-KGB soldiers and other veterans began to offer their abilities to mob bosses in exchange for good pay and protection. This surge of willing soldiers increased the Mafia’s power exponentially. Currently there ten primary individual groups that are all part of the Russian Mafia, the Solntsevskaya Bravta, Brothers’ Circle, Odessa Mafia, Slonovskaya gang,

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