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NCJ Number: 183882 Find in a Library
Title: Russian Organized Crime: A Criminal Hydra
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:69  Issue:5  Dated:May 2000  Pages:1-5
Author(s): Scott O'Neal J.D.
Date Published: May 2000
Page Count: 5
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Organized crime has proliferated in Russia since the breakup of the former Soviet Union in 1991 and now presents unique challenges for law enforcement in the United States.
Abstract: Local, State, and Federal criminal investigators assigned to drug squads and units dealing with property crime, white-collar crime, organized crime, and violent crime are increasingly encountering individuals with roots in the former Soviet Union. Criminal entrepreneurs from the former Soviet Union have quickly established a reputation for the sophistication and range of their illicit operations. Their crimes include providing illicit services such as prostitution and gambling, committing violent and property crimes, and conducting fraud schemes such as bank fraud and health care fraud. Russian organized crime groups have a level of knowledge and experience in working the system that sets them in a criminal class by themselves. The challenge they present to law enforcement will grow as they become more acculturated and learn more about business and government systems in this country. The lack of a distinct structure and the continuous change that many groups undergo often make it impractical to use traditional proactive investigative strategies to disrupt and dismantle these criminal enterprises. Local, State, Federal, and international police agencies can combine efforts through communication, cooperation, and coordination to counter the threat posed by Russian organized crime. Photographs and reference notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign offenders; Organized crime; Organized crime control units; Organized crime intelligence; Russian Federation; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); United States of America
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