Organized Crime - The Russian Mafia

The Russian Mob or Mafia, Russkaya Mafiya, Red Mafia, Krasnaya Mafiya or Bratva (brotherhood), is a name given to a broad group of organized criminals of various ethnicity which appeared in the former Soviet Union territories after its disintegration in 1991. Apart from ethnic Russians, the term comprises disproportionately large numbers of Jews, Chechens and Georgians. Other notable ethnic groups within the Russian Mafia include the Ukrainians, Armenians, and Azeris. The term "Russian Mafia" may also include organized crime groups from other former Soviet Republics.


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