They have long inspired movie and television producers, with everything from The Godfather to The Sopranos taking their lead from New York’s infamous mob clans. But as a new series reveals, the reality is far less glamorous for the families behind the city’s shady organised crime network. I Married A Mobster sees eight former wives break the so-called ‘code of silence’ to reveal what it was like to have fallen for a mafia don. In honest accounts that could themselves form movie scripts themselves, Linda Schiro, Love Majewski and Angela Calvacante tell stories recalling the hit men, heartbreak and drink and drug abuse that has torn their families apart. The first episode, which airs next month, tells the story of Cheryl and Phil ‘Philly’ Caruso. The glamorous blonde, from King’s Point, Long Island, reveals how she had no idea that her husband was involved in organised crime, believing that his ‘printing company’ was funding their lavish lifestyle – but her world fell apart when Caruso was convicted of racketeering and drug dealing. Abandoned: Cheryl Caruso was left broke, raising two daughters alone after her husband Philly was convicted of racketeering and drug dealing. The devastating turn of events left her broke, and alone in raising their two daughters. I never expected to hear those words. That was the end of my fairytale.
Gangsters of the Mediterranean
He may not be as immediately familiar as households names like Al Capone, Frank Costello, and Carlo Gambino, but in the world of crime, Semion Mogilevich looms just as large. The World’s Most Wanted subject , who has denied multiple claims of money laundering, drug trafficking, tax fraud, weapons stockpiling, and funding terrorism, is still being chased by the FBI, Interpol, and Israeli intelligence today. In a feature, The Village Voice described Mogilevich “the world’s most dangerous gangster.
And the same may be true of Russia’s circle of mega-rich oligarchs. Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska and banking magnate Vitaly.
President Giorgio Napolitano testified he did not know anything about secret talks between the state and the Mafia at a trial Oct. The Spanish Civil Guard has arrested Dimitri Zavialov, accused of being a paid assassin, on international arrest warrants for committing 33 murders ordered by Russian organized crime groups. Italian police and the FBI have arrested 17 people in Italy and seven in the United States during an operation that authorities say dismantled a drug-trafficking group.
The whistle-blowing spirit behind Wikileaks has inspired the creation of a new website targeting organized crime. Italian police have made more than arrests in anti-Mafia operations in two regions of the country, Al Jazeera reports. Europol will conduct an investigation into football match fixing by Russian organized crime groups, The Moscow Times reports. In early February, Europol uncovered an Asian organized crime syndicate that operated a system of football match-fixing.
The discovery has caused investigators to look into football games around the world, of them in Europe, and including the World Cup and European cup matches. Global warming.
Khachaturyan sisters who killed father touch Russian hearts
By Mark Galeotti. One that stuck came from a Spanish prosecutor in a mob trial. It is a memorable phrase, but what does that notion actually entail? Mark Galeotti, an expert on this murky subject, offers the best answer to date. Scarcity, uncertainty, and the gap between Soviet ideology and practice allowed criminal structures to flourish. As is often the case, prison—known as the akademiya —proved conducive to schooling villains in their shared culture.
much of the examination of Russian organized crime (the so-called “Russian Mafia”) to date has been rather hyperbolic and sketchy—we believe it is important.
Chulpayev will soon have his freedom, and the Georgia State Supreme Court ruled two of his statements to police must be stricken. The opinion also put his final statement and much of the evidence gathered from his discussions with police in doubt. Promises made to Chulpayev by his FBI handler were key in the courts finding that the statements were involuntary. Others involved are sentenced anywhere from eight to 30 years. Chulpayev once told Strickland he wanted to testify at his murder trial , but he’ll soon be released after waiting two years to face a jury.
Chulpayev has consistently maintained his innocence. The rapper was shot in a car Chulpayev, a one-time Atlanta car dealer, had leased the victim. Chulpayev is expected to be transferred to DeKalb County, where he faces theft charges relating to the car business. Jones’ tip first triggered Strickland’s investigation, which later became part of a Nightline segment with ABC’s chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross.
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Men have dominated the history of organized crime as bosses, capos, soldiers and associates. They traditionally relegated women to servile roles as prostitutes, shills, dancers and servers. However, that history has changed to a limited but important degree within the past couple of decades, as law enforcement agencies across the globe arrest more and more male Mob bosses and drug kingpins. These men receive lengthy prison terms, creating the demand for outside help to run their rackets.
‘Russian Mafia’: KGB Steers Criminals to U.S. Careers A company spokesman declined to provide an up-to-date figure, saying such.
Once flush from heroin trafficking, tax fraud schemes and other criminal enterprises, Boris Nayfeld is now 70, fresh out of prison for the third time, divorced and broke. And he is left with few job prospects in his adopted country, at least those in line with his experiences. Nayfeld, who still sports the shaved head, piercing eyes and tattooed, burly physique that made him an intimidating figure in the city’s Russian-speaking neighbourhoods for decades, told The Associated Press he longs to move back to a homeland where his skill set connecting businesspeople of all stripes will yield better dividends.
But for now he is not allowed to leave, still facing three years’ probation from his latest prison term, which ended in October, a two-year stint for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that morphed into an extortion attempt. I lost my wife. This is enough punish for me. Living straight is a new experience for Nayfeld, who first came to the U.
Notorious Russian mobster says he just wants to go home
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America’s La Cosa Nostra and Sicily’s Mafia are old-style patriarchies. Victorian-era mothers’ harsh rubrics about dating and sexual mores.
The story of the Russian mob in Spain—and the detectives who spent years trying to bring them down. Tall and powerfully built, with a flattened nose and graying, short-cropped hair, he looked more like an aging boxer than an international businessman. Most days, dressed in a t-shirt and sweat pants, he would drive over to a local marina in his older-model Mercedes—he saved the Bentley for rides with his wife—and stop in at a favorite restaurant.
To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. He and his family were clearly Russian, but their passports were Greek. They seemed to have a lot of money, and to spend it in unusual ways. A real estate agent reported that Petrov had paid a contractor to build a tunnel down to the sea from another home he had owned in the area. Then there was an incident involving two Russians who were arrested as they prowled outside an upscale shopping center.
But detectives eventually determined that the men were hoodlums who had flown in from Frankfurt to track another Russian—a businessman who was apparently involved in a dispute with Petrov. Beyond his island refuge, he was said to control a global network of legitimate and illicit activities, ranging from jewelry stores and extortion rings to the gray-market sale of Soviet MiG fighter jets.
The Russian Mafia: How to look like you belong
During his years of imprisonment, Soviet dissident Anatoly Sharansky chanced to meet a Russian criminal, a professional con artist who was pursuing a bizarre goal: Despite the rigors of prison life, he was diligently studying English in hopes of emigrating to America–to ply his trade as a swindler. The Soviet secret police had helped his friends get to the United States by obtaining exit visas to Israel, he said, and he expected the same.
police seized the largest recovery to date of such material in a Munich train station plutonium in Russia could fall into the hands of mobsters, [or] terrorists.
Seventeen of the suspects were detained in Germany. Initial media reports said those arrested were part of the Russian mob. For more on the arrests and the topic of Eastern European crime in general, Deutsche Welle turned to Juergen Roth, an investigative journalist, who has published nine books on mafia criminality and is a leading, if unusually blunt, expert on the Eastern European mob.