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Organized Crime in Russia

October 2014, Number 05.04

“Despite the reprioritization of activities by law enforcement agencies and a new focus on countering terrorism and extremism, the problem of organized crime has not become any less urgent. It is no coincidence that the authors of the Russian Federation’s (RF) Public Security Concept, approved by the RF president in November 2013, chose to include various aspects of organized crime in their list of key threats to public security.

As of January 2014, more than 250 organized crime groups were active in Russia, representing more than 11,000 members. The most dangerous ones include corrupt civil servants and business people because of their impact on social, economic and criminal situations in Russia. These groups’ criminal activities cover a broad spectrum, from contract killings and kidnappings of businessmen to the illicit drug trade and economic crimes. The most common financial crimes include fraud, smuggling of strategic commodities and resources, fraudulent bankruptcies and illegal takeovers, production of counterfeit coins and goods, and money laundering and illegal banking...”

Excerpt from Alexander Sukharenko, “Organized Crime in Russia,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 4, 2014: 44-49.

Alexander Sukharenko is director of the New Challenges and Threats Study Center. Before this, he worked as a criminal investigator in the Vladivostok City Police Department, a lawyer with the Russian Pacific Fleet, and a researcher in the Organized Crime Study Center at the Law Institute of the Far East State University (LI FESU). He received a law degree from the LI FESU in 2001.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.