Paris raid on 'Russian mafia': 35 people from Former Soviet Union detained

Paris raid on 'Russian mafia': 35 people from Former Soviet Union detained

They are accused of extortion, smuggling, as well as of home burglaries.

France held a large-scale police operation against the 'Russian mafia'. The agency France Press reported today on the arrest of immigrants from the former USSR in Paris. This is predominately about people from Georgia. They are suspected of apartment and pocket thefts, extortion and smuggling. During the operation, the police seized weapons and 70 thousand euros in cash. In addition, 200 thousand euros were arrested on their accounts. A total of 35 people were detained, including 8 women.

The French agency calls all suspects "thieves in law", apparently believing that any member of the "criminal brotherhood from the Soviet bloc (Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine)" falls under this concept.

In addition to Paris, searches in the framework of the operation also took place in the Italian region of Calabria, where some of the detainees owned real estate.

Notably, the big-name thieves in law have long ago taken refuge in European countries, including Italy, and especially Greece and Spain, having created there entire clans of immigrants from the ex-USSR.

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