Russian Organized Crime During The United States

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Introduction Russian organized crime in the United States is unique to traditional organized crime, specifically La Costa Notra, in several ways. These unique traits distinguish the abilities and operations of Russian organized crime. It is generally agreed by researchers and practitioners that Russian groups are generally less structured than Italian organized crime groups. Additionally, they have thrived by adapting to and exploiting technology. Many Russian organized crime members are highly educated, including Semyon Moglievich who had a degree in economics (Radanko, 2011). There are also Russian mafia members who have PH.D’s in mathematics, engineering, or physics (Friedman, 2000). Many law enforcement agencies characterize Russian organized crime as organized crime groups who primarily speak the Russian language, thus comprised of groups from different regions of the former Soviet Union. For the purposes of this paper, this author will follow the same guideline to characterize Russian organized crime. Historical and Cultural Concepts To understand Russian organized crime it is essential to understand the historical and cultural influences on the citizens, government, and organized crime members. An undercover law enforcement officer of Russian descent cited two major cultural differences of the former Soviet Union which may contribute to the current organized crime groups. First, many people from the former Soviet Union did not view stealing form their place of

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