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Mafias on the MoveHow Organized Crime Conquers New Territories$
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Federico Varese

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128559

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128559.001.0001

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The Russian Mafia in Rome and Budapest

The Russian Mafia in Rome and Budapest

(p.65) Four The Russian Mafia in Rome and Budapest
Mafias on the Move

Federico Varese

Princeton University Press

The “Solntsevo fraternity” (Solntsevskaya bratva) is the mightiest organized crime group to emerge from the wreckage of the Soviet Union. Estimates of the size of the brotherhood (possibly exaggerated) range from five to nine thousand members. The group comprises no fewer than ten semiautonomous brigades (brigady), which operate under the umbrella name of Solntsevskaya. The Russian police claim that it controls various banks along with about a hundred small and medium-size enterprises. Although little is known of the inner workings of the group, former members have claimed that the organization is governed by a council of twelve individuals, who meet regularly in different parts of the world, often disguising their meetings as festive occasions. This chapter examines efforts by the Solntsevskaya to create subsidiaries in Rome and Budapest.

Keywords:   organized crime, Russian mafia, mafia transplantation, Solntsevskaya, Rome, Budapest, Solntsevo fraternity

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