Law and order russian mob

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law and order russian mob

Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America by Robert I. Friedman

Im giving this a higher star rating than it probably deserves. Its scattered, as if Friedman is trying to cram as much as possible into the book about all the different crime figures he knows. You can feel Friedman racing. He was: he had contracted a rare disease while on assignment for Vanity Fair in the slums of Bombay and was dying as he wrote this. Although, given his ballsy way of handling himself when confronting Russian mobsters, Im not wholly convinced they didnt get him in the end.

Yet for all its flaws, the book is an engaging and terrifying, if slightly confusing, read. Its been approximately ten years since this book was published. How much more firmly entrenched is the Russian mob in our culture? I would guess much more so. Ten years is a long time, especially when theres very little reporting going on regarding their activities. Their influence is probably double what it was ten years ago, when they were, on the whole, making billions of dollars off of huge scams. As a matter of fact, it wouldnt surprise me one bit if Wall Street and the like didnt take lessons from them before bringing down our economy in a crash two years ago.

The FBI was woefully slow in catching on to their presence, and their usual turf war mentality kept them from working with local and international authorities in compressing Russian mob activities, thus allowing this ruthless mob—one so violent it makes the Italian mafia look timid by comparison—to flourish. Friedman only gives us some broad brush strokes, but its a good primer for getting an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.
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  1. NARRATOR: In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups, the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.

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