Russian mafia abroad
Organized criminals from CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, including those from Russia, quickly gained international distinction under the name of «red» or «Russian» mafia. It already competes head-to-head with criminal world of other countries and is successfully trying to cooperate with international mafia.
Early in August, criminal ‘authority’ Yuri Esin a.k.a. Samosval (Dump Truck) has been detained in Moscow. In the 1990s he had a reputation of the ‘godfather’ of ‘Russian mafia’ in Italy and faced 75 years behind bars. The CrimeRussia was figuring out how could the 67-year-old criminal ‘authority’ having close ties with many thieves-in-law escape the Italian justice 20 years ago and avoid any issues with the Russian law enforcement authorities up until his recent arrest.
According to the Spanish police, the crime bosses discussed the plan for the physical elimination of the rival mafia clan leader, as well as measures to reorganize the organized criminal group (OCG) of the Shushanashvili brothers, which was defeated by the siloviki in June during the Kus operation.
The Spanish police continue purging the country from criminal ‘authorities’ who have relocated to the Mediterranean from post-Soviet republics. The initially loyal attitude towards the suspicious ‘investors’ turned into large-scale special operations targeting criminal groups. This time, the Spanish authorities attempted to bust Armenian–Georgian ‘mafia’ backed by thieves-in-law from several European countries.