Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America

by Robert I. Friedman
Publication date 2000 Topics crime, history, mafia Collection opensource Language English “In North America alone there are now thirty Russian crime syndicates
operating in at least seventeen U.S. cities, most notably New York,
Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. The Russians have already
pulled off the largest jewelry heist and insurance Medicare frauds in
American history, with a net haul exceeding $1 billion. They have
invaded North America’s financial markets, orchestrating complex stock
scams, allegedly laundering billions of dollars through the Bank of New
York, and coolly infiltrating the business and real estate worlds.

Russians didn’t come here to enjoy the American dream,” New York state
tax agent Roger Berger says glumly. “They came here to steal it.” -From
the Introduction From an award-winning investigative journalist comes an
astonishing exposi of Russian organized crime, its growing power in the
United States, and its terrifying implications for the rest of the

In the past decade, from Brighton Beach to Moscow, Toronto
to Hong Kong, the Russian mob has become the world’s fastest-growing
criminal superpower. Trafficking in prostitutes, heroin, and missiles,
the mafiya poses an enormous threat to global stability and safety. The
black-market corruption of the Brezhnev era proved the perfect breeding
ground for organized crime. Beginning in the 1970s, Soviet
?migr?s–including a large number of felons and murderers the USSR was
happy to get rid of–began arriving in the United States and quickly
established themselves as a major criminal force in New York, Las Vegas,
and elsewhere. But it was the breakup of the Soviet Union that made the

Russian mob what it is today. In a weakened, impoverished
Russia, it quickly became the dominant power. And it has now spread to
every corner of the United States, infiltrating its banks and brokerage
firms–and American law enforcement is just waking up to this enormous
problem. No journalist in the world knows more about the Russian mob in
America than Robert Friedman. At great risk to himself, he has made
connections with a number of top criminals who have gone on record about
their activities for the first time. The result of his discoveries is a
revelation: the Red Mafiya is everywhere. The implications–for law
enforcement, the economy, foreign policy, for the American people
themselves–are staggering.”