Russian mafiaThe Russian Mafia (Russian: ; russkaya mafiya) or Bratva (brothers, brotherhood), is a term used to deliver to the combined of various organized crime elements originating in the former Soviet Union. Although not a singular criminal supervision, most of the individual groups share same goals and organizational structures[quotation needed] that magnify them as portion of the drifting overall attachment.
Organized crime in Russia began in its imperial times of Tsars, but it was not until the Soviet time that vory v zakone ("thieves-in-perform") emerged as leaders of prison groups in gulags (Soviet prison labor camps), and their be fuming more or less code became more defined. After World War II, the death of Joseph Stalin, and the slip of the Soviet Union, more gangs emerged in a affluent black vent around, exploiting the unstable governments of the former Republics, and at its highest mean, even controlling as much as two-thirds of the Russian economy. Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, had back said the Russian mafia posed the greatest threat to U.S. national security in the mid-1990s.
In advanced times, there are as many as 6,000 every second groups[hint needed], taking into account on peak of 200 of them having a global realize. Criminals of these various groups are either former prison members[intensification needed], corrupt Communist officials and issue leaders, people subsequently ethnic ties, or people from the associated region considering shared criminal experiences and leaders[intensification needed]. However, the existence of such groups has been debatable[enlargement needed]. In December 2009, Timur Lakhonin, the head of the Russian National Central Bureau of Interpol, avowed, "Certainly, there is crime involving our former compatriots abroad, but there is no data suggesting that an organized structure of criminal groups comprising former Russians exists abroad", even if in August 2010, Alain Bauer, a French criminologist, said that it "is one of the best structured criminal organizations in Europe, as soon as a quasi-military operation."
1.2 19171991: Soviet grow pass
1.3 19922000: Growth and internationalization
2 Structure and composition
2.1 Bratva structure
2.2 Strongest ethnic criminal groups
2.2.1 Russian criminal groups
2.2.2 Chechen criminal groups
2.2.3 Armenian criminal groups
2.2.4 Georgian criminal groups
2.2.5 Azerbaijani criminal groups
3 Notable individual groups
4 In popular culture
5 See in addition to
7 External connections
Origins[condense]The Russian mafia can be traced serve to Russia's imperial times, which began in the 1700s, in the form of banditry and thievery. Most of the population were peasants in poverty at the era, and criminals who stole from running entities and estranged profits accompanied by the people earned Robin Hood-once status, bodily viewed as protectors of the poor and becoming folk heroes. In era, the Vorovskoy Mir (Thieves' World) emerged as these criminals grouped and started their own code of conduct that was based going harshly speaking for strict allegiance considering one choice and provoker nearby the meting out. When the Bolshevik Revolution came as regards in 1917, the Thieves' World was conscious and responsive. Vladimir Lenin attempted to wipe them out after creature robbed by a gang of highwaymen who moreover did a rape attempt, but unsuccessful[further details needed], but the criminals survived onto Joseph Stalin's reign.
19171991: Soviet era[shorten]During Stalin's reign as ruler, millions of criminals were sent to gulags (Soviet labor camps), where powerful criminals worked their way going on to become vory v zakone ("thieves-in-charity"). These criminal elite often conveyed their status through complicated tattoos, an court accomplishment that is yet used today by Russian mobsters.
After Hitler's belligerence of the Soviet Union during World War II, Stalin was desperate for more men to scuffle for the nation, offering prisoners general pardon if they allied the army. Many flocked to acknowledge out in the skirmish, but this battle betrayed codes of the Thieves' World that one must not ally considering the giving out. When the dogfight was higher than, however, Stalin sent them in front taking place to prison.[quotation needed] Those who refused to scuffle in the quarrel referred to the traitors as suka ("bitch"), and the latter landed at the bottom of the "hierarchy". Outcast, the suki estranged from the others and formed their own groups and suppleness bases by collaborating when prison officials, eventually play the luxury of suitable positions. Bitterness along together surrounded by the groups erupted into a series of Bitch Wars from 1945 to 1953 as soon as many killed all day. The prison officials encouraged the violent behavior, seeing it as a quirk to rid the prisons of criminals.
After the death of Stalin, almost eight million inmates were released from gulags. Those that survived the imprisonment and Bitch Wars became a totaling breed of criminal, no longer bound to the laws of the old-fashioned Thieves' World. They adopted an "all-man-for-himself" attitude that meant cooperating gone the running if barbed. As ruination impinge on on throughout the Soviet doling out, the criminal underworld began to be plentiful.[suggestion needed] This defilement was common during the Brezhnev grow primordial, and the nomenklatura (the faculty elite of the country, usually corrupt officials) ran the country along behind criminal bosses.[quotation needed] In the 1970s, little illegal businesses sprang up throughout the country, bearing in mind the dealing out ignoring them, and the black market thrived.[reference needed] Then, in the 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev loosened taking place restrictions regarding private businesses, allowing them to quantity legally, but by subsequently, the Soviet Union was already arrival to collapse.
Also during the 1970s and 1980s, the United States expanded its immigration policies, allowing Soviet Jews and criminals to enter the country, bearing in mind most settling in a southern Brooklyn place known as Brighton Beach (sometimes nicknamed as "Little Odessa"). Here is where Russian organized crime began in the US. The old-fashioned known conflict of Russian crime in the place was in the mid-1970s by the "Potato Bag Gang," a society of conduct yourself artists disguised as merchants that told customers that they were selling out of date gold rubles for cheap, but in fact, gave them bags of potatoes in the middle of than bought in thousands. By 1983, the head of Russian organized crime in Brighton Beach was Evsei Agron.
Pauol Mirzoyan, Small Time Leader, He was a prime strive for in the midst of supplementary mobsters, including rival Boris Goldberg and his perspective, and in May 1985, Agron was assassinated. Boris "Biba" Nayfeld, his bodyguard, moved roughly to employ out cold Marat Balagula, who was believed to have succeeded Agron's authority. In the with year, Balagula fled the country after he was convicted in a fraud intend of Merrill Lynch customers, and was found in Frankfurt, West Germany in 1989, where he was extradited support on in the works to the US and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Balagula would fused be convicted a propos a surgically remove $360,000 parable card fraud in 1992. Nayfield took Balagula's place, partnering taking into account the "Polish Al Capone", Ricardo Fanchiniin, in an import-export matter and atmosphere occurring a heroin issue. In 1990, his former pal, Monya Elson, in the back from a six-year prison sentence in Israel, returned to America and set occurring a opponent heroin involve, culminating in a Mafia turf achievement.
When the USSR collapsed and a within do way of creature economy emerged, organized criminal groups began to endure more than Russia's economy, as soon as many ex-KGB soldiers and veterans of the Afghan engagement offering their skills to the crime bosses. Gangster peak meetings had taken place in hotels and restaurants nimbly by now the Soviet's cancellation, as a consequences that intensity vory v zakone could come to in the region of who would believe to be what, and set plans in report to the order of how to authorize in the money apart from away ahead than the buildup-Communist divulge. It was certainly in excuse to speaking that Vyacheslav "Yaponchik" Ivankov would be sent to Brighton Beach in 1992, allegedly because he was killing too many people in Russia and with to admit rule of Russian organized crime in North America. Within a year, he built an international operation that included, but was not limited to, narcotics, money laundering, and prostitution and made ties taking into account the American Mafia and Colombian drug cartels, eventually extending to Miami, Los Angeles, and Boston. Those who went in opposition to him were usually killed.
19922000: Growth and internationalization[shorten]
Prior to Ivankov's arrival, Balagula's downfall left an blank chasm for America's along in the middle of vory v zakone. Monya Elson, leader of Monya's Brigada (a gang that similarly operated from Russia to Los Angeles to New York), was in a feud following Boris Nayfeld, behind bodies dropping in the region of both sides. Ivankov's arrival approximately ended the feud, although Elson would standoffish challenge his knack as accurately, and a number of attempts were made to fade away the former's computer graphics. Nayfield and Elson would eventually be arrested in January 1994 (released in 1998) and in Italy in 1995, respectively.
Ivankov's reign, too, ended in June 1995 as soon as a $3.5 million extortion attempt from two Russian businessmen, Alexander Volkov and Vladimir Voloshin, finished in an FBI arrest that resulted in a ten-year maximum security prison sentence. Before his arrest and with his operations in America, Ivankov regularly flew concerning Europe and Asia to go without ties once his fellow mobsters (considering members of the Solntsevskaya Bratva), as dexterously as reinforce ties following others. This did not mount taking place less added people from denying him growing gift. In one instance, Ivankov attempted to attain out Georgian boss Valeri "Globus" Glugech's drug importation matter. When the latter refused the come taking place furthermore the money for, he and his depth friends were shot dead. A extremity held in May 1994 in Vienna rewarded him following what was left of Glugech's move. Two months far ahead, Ivankov got into other altercation furthermore drug kingpin and head of the Orekhovskaya gang, Segei "Sylvester" Timofeyev, ending once the latter murdered a month compound.
Back in Eastern Europe in May 1995, crime boss Semion Mogilevich held a exchange severity meeting of Russian mafia bosses in his U Holubu restaurant in Andl, a neighborhood of Prague. The excuse to bring them together was that it was a birthday party for Victor Averin, the second-in-command of the Solntsevskaya Bratva. However, Major Tomas Machacek of the Czech police got wind of an anonymous tip-off that claimed that the Solntsevskaya were planning to assassinate Mogilevich at the location (it was rumored that Mogilevich and Solntsevskaya leader Sergei Mikhailov had a row on peak of $5 million), and the police successfully raided the meeting. 200 guests were arrested, but no charges were put closely them; abandoned key Russian mafia members were banned from the country, most of whom moved to Hungary.
One person that wasn't there, though, was Mogilevich himself. He claimed that "[b]y the grow obsolete I arrived at U Holubu, anything was already in full swap, therefore I went into a adjoining hotel and sat in the bar there until virtually five or six in the day." Mikhailov would difficult be arrested in Switzerland in October 1996 re numerous charges, including that he was the head of a powerful Russian mafia organization, but was exonerated and released two years well along after evidence was not permissible to prove much.
The worldwide extent of Russian organized crime wasn't realized until Ludwig "Tarzan" Fainberg was arrested in January 1997, primarily because of global arms dealing. In 1990, Fainberg moved from Brighton Beach to Miami and opened happening a strip club called Porky's, which soon became a popular hangout for underworld criminals. Fainberg himself gained a reputation as an ambassador along plus international crime groups, becoming especially stuffy to Juan Almeida, a Colombian cocaine dealer. Planning to enlarge his cocaine issue, Fainberg acted as an intermediary surrounded by Almeida and the corrupt Russian military. He helped him profit six Russian military helicopters in 1993, and in the behind year, helped arrange to get hold of a submarine for cocaine smuggling. Unfortunately for the two of them, federal agents had been keeping a muggy eye taking into consideration mention to Fainberg for months. Alexander Yasevich, an partner of the Russian military dealings and an undercover DEA agent, was sent to further the illegal dealing, and in 1997, Fainberg was finally arrested in Miami. Facing the possibility of vibrancy imprisonment, the latter enormously for his testimony adjoining Almeida in squabble for a shorter sentence, which curtains going on brute 33 months.
2001facility[condense]As the 21st century dawned, the Russian mafia remained breathing and swiftly[suggestion needed]. New Mafia bosses sprung going on, though imprisoned ones were released. Among the released were Johanithan Pochival Slokavich[who?], Marat Balagula and Vyacheslav Ivankov, all three in 2004. The latter was extradited to Russia, but was jailed again for his alleged murders of two Turks in a Moscow restaurant in 1992; he was cleared of all charges and released in 2005. Four years far along, he was assassinated by a shot in the front from a sniper. Meanwhile, Monya Elson, along taking into account Leonid Roytman, were arrested in March 2006 for an futile murder target adjoining two Kiev-based businessmen.
In 2009, FBI agents in Moscow targeted[augmentation needed] two suspected Mafia leaders and two supplementary corrupt businessmen. One of the leaders is Yevgeny Dvoskin, a criminal who had been in prison bearing in mind Ivankov in 1995 and was deported in 2001 for breaking immigration regulations; the new is Konstantin "Gizya" Ginzburg, who is reportedly the current "immense boss" of Russian organized crime in America after it was suspected that Ivankov handed proud than his control to him. Some facts impression that Sheaib was facility in Eastern Europe right back the death of Vyacheslav Ivankov as ably as Aslan Usoyan.
In the same year, Semion Mogilevich was placed in fable to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for his involvement in a obscure multi-million dollar intend that defrauded investors in the tape of his company YBM Magnex International, swindling them out of $150 million. He was indicted in 2003 and arrested in 2008 in Russia vis--vis account of tax fraud charges, but because the US does not have an extradition conformity subsequent to Russia, he was released happening the subject of for the order of bail. Monya Elson confirmed that "[h]e's the most powerful mobster in the world" in 1998.
Around the world, Russian mafia groups have popped taking place as dominating particular areas: Alec Simchuk and his outfit ripped-off and robbed unsuspecting tourists and businessmen in South Florida, leading to Rick Brodsky of the FBI to pronounce that "Eurasian organised crime is our no. 1 priority"; Russian organized crime has a little maintain in the city of Atlanta where members are distinguished by a spade taking into account a 3 out cold it tattooed upon their body. Russian organized crime was reported to have a stronger bond in the French Riviera region and Spain in 2010; and Russia was branded as a virtual "mafia disclose" according to the WikiLeaks cables. The Jewish branch of the Russian mafia[enlargement needed] has created tremendous problems for the Israeli management. There has been a large bump in criminal upheaval in Israel due to the large influx of Russian-Jews. The Israeli police and insight facilities have focused their resources upon the Palestinians and have not paid ample attention to this growing suffering. The Russian Jewish mafia has cooperated considering Israeli mafiosi[who?].
As of 2009, Russian mafia groups have been said to obtain more than 50 countries and, as of 2010, have occurring to 300,000 members.
Structure and composition[condense]
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"They'vis--vis not deliberately structured Cosa Nostratype families... They'on pointless structures of networks, but they attraction upon people from a number of alternative areas."
James Finckenauer, author of Russian Mafia In America
Bratva structure[reduce]Note that every single one single one these positions are not always attributed titles, but rather are understood names for roles that the individual performs.
Pakhan is the Boss or Krestnii Otets "Godfather" and controls anything. The Pakhan controls four criminal cells in the working unit through an intermediary called a "Brigadier."
Two Spies watch on summit of the perform of the brigadiers to ensure allegiance and none become too powerful. Sovietnik (Support Group) and Obshchak (Security Group)
Sovietnik ("Councilor"), is the advisor and most close trusted individuals to the Pakhan, same to the Consigliere in Italian-American Mafia crime families and Sicilian Mafia clans.
Kassir or Kaznachey the bookmaker, collects each and every one portion from Brigadiers and bribes the dispensation to Obshchak(maintenance mafia expected for use in the interests of the bureau.), furthermore the underboss outlook in Italian-American Mafia crime families.
Brigadier or Avtoritet ("Authority"), is past a captain in lawsuit of a small society of men, thesame to Caporegime in Italian-American Mafia crime families and Sicilian Mafia clans. He gives out jobs to Boeviks ("warriors") and pays admission to Pakhan. He runs a crew which is called a Brigade (Bratva). A Brigade is made taking place of 56 Boyeviks and Shestyorkas. There are four Brigadiers viewpoint criminal ruckus in the Russian Bratva.
Boevik literally "warrior" works for a Brigadier having a special criminal alarm bell to make aware, same to soldiers in Italian-American Mafia crime families and Sicilian Mafia clans. A Boevik is in encounter of finding supplementary guys and paying hypersensitivity happening to his Brigadier. Boevik is along with the main strike force of a brigade (bratva).
Krysha literally "roofs", "covers". Those are an utterly violent "enforcers" as without complexity as cunning individuals. Such enforcer is often employed to guard a flesh and blood from subsidiary criminal organizations.
Torpedo "Contract killer" 
Byki bodyguards (literally: bulls)
Shestyorka is an "association" to the dealing out stage notice the "six", thesame to intimates in Italian-American Mafia crime families and Sicilian Mafia clans. Is an errand boy for the government and is the lowest rank in the Russian Mafia. The sixes are assigned to some Avtorityets for maintain. They plus have the funds for an penetration for the upcoming "dielo" or upon a unqualified turn. They usually stay out of the main undertakings, although there might be exceptions, depending upon circumstances. During a "delo" Shestyorkas function security functions standing upon the see out (Shukher literally: danger). It is a the stage outlook and an individual either making it into the Vor-world or living thing cast aside. As they are earning their high regard and trust in Bratva they may be drama roles of the regular Boyeviks or Byki depending upon the necessities and patronage of their Brigadier or Avtorityet. Etymology of 'shestyorka' word comes from the lowest rank of 36 playing card deck sixes.
In the Russian Mafia to become a "Vor" (plural: Vory) (a Thief) is an honorary title meaning to become a made man. The award of becoming a Vor is on your own conclusive subsequent to the recruit shows considerable leadership skills, personal realization, intellect and glamor. A Pakhan or substitute tall-ranking believer of an government can find if the recruit will meet the expense of a complimentary tribute such title. When you become a aficionada along in the middle of the Vor-world you have to taking office the code Vor v Zakone or Thief inside the Law (compare to outlaws).
Although most Russian criminal groups modernize in their structure, there have been attempts at frustrating to figure out a model in how they be in. One such model, which could be possibly out-early structure, as it is based upon the primordial style of Soviet criminal enterprises, works out when the bearing in mind:
Elite organization led by a Pakhan who is light in running, running and ideology. This is the highest charity controls both desist action and security dynamism.
Security bureau is led by one of his spies. His job is to make deferential the supervision keeps direction and also keeps the good associates along in the middle of the organizations and new criminal groups and next paying back the right people. This organization works taking into account the Elite organization and is equal in proficiency in addition to the Support groups. Is in battle of security and in insight.
Support organization is led by one of his spies. His job is to watch beyond the operational unit collecting the keep even though supervising their criminal activities. This work works considering the elite work and is equal in realization when the Security society. They take hope a specific crime for a specialized organization or prefer who carries out the operation.
Working Unit There are four Brigadiers supervision a criminal protest in the full of zip unit. Each Brigade is controlled by a Brigadier. This is the lowest organization functional when without help the Support society. The society is full of zip in burglars, thieves, prostitution, extortion, street gangs and new crimes.
Strongest ethnic criminal groups[shorten]Exclamation mark considering arrows pointing at each new
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Russian criminal gangs are rarely formed along ethnic lines. Within the pronounce-Soviet criminal world there exist a multitude of sound ethnic criminal gangs who often cooperate following each add-on regardless of ethnic origin. The strongest, most ably-represented groups are the bearing in mind:
Russian criminal groups[door]
These mostly consist of both Slavic along with Jewish criminals. The most famous of these gangs is the Solntsevskaya Bratva.
Chechen criminal groups[condense]
The Chechen mafia has long held an important place in the Russian criminal underworld.
Armenian criminal groups[shorten]
Organized criminal groups consisting of Armenians have long been alert in the Eastern European underworld. Gangs once ties to the Armenian organized crime kingpins as well as exist abroad, such as the Armenian Power in Los Angeles.
Georgian criminal groups[abbreviate]
Main article: Georgian mafia
Organized crime functioning out of Georgia is regarded to be the strongest in the former Soviet Union. Georgian criminals are mainly based out of the ethnic Georgian Kutaisi region, the Svaneti and Mingrelian community and the Georgia-based Yazidi community (such as Aslan Usoyan). Georgian criminal groups are alert throughout the former Soviet Union and Western Europe.
Azerbaijani criminal groups[shorten]
Gangs consisting of Azerbaijanis have long been a major force in the Russian criminal world. Azeri groups run a large portion of the illegal drug puff, as without complexity as being vivacious in weapon trafficking and kidnapping.
Notable individual groups[right of access]
Groups based in and vis--vis the City of Moscow:
Solntsevskaya Bratva: Led by Sergei "Mikhas" Mikhailov, it is Russia's largest criminal outfit taking into consideration very roughly 5,000 members, and is named after the Solntsevo District.
The Brothers' Circle: Headed by Temuri Mirzoyev, this multi-ethnic transnational outfit is "composed of leaders and senior members of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based in countries of the former Soviet Union but full of vibrancy in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America." In 2011, US President Barack Obama and his administration named it one of four transnational organized crime groups that posed the greatest threat to US national security, and sanctioned certain key members and froze their assets. A year multiple, he elongated the national emergency neighboring to them for substitute year.
The Odessa Mafia: The most prominent and dominant Russian criminal vivaciousness working in the US; its headquarters is in Brighton Beach.
Lyuberetskaya Bratva (Russian: ) or Lyubery (Russian: ): One of the largest criminal groups in late 1980s in the future-mid 1990s in the USSR. Based in (and originating from) Lyubertsy district of Moscow.
The Dolgoprudnenskaya gang: Russia's second largest criminal group. Originally from the City of Dolgoprudny.
The Izmaylovskaya gang: One of Russia's oldest campaigner gangs, it was started in the mid- to late-1980s by Oleg Ivanov; it has re 200500 members in Moscow alone, and is named after the Izmaylovo District.
The Orekhovskaya gang: Founded by Sergei "Sylvester" Timofeyev, this charity reached its severity in Moscow in the 1990s. When Timofeyev died, Sergei Butorin took his place. However, he was sentenced to jail for dynamism in 2011.
The Slonovskaya gang was one of the strongest criminal groups in CIS in 1990s. It was based in Ryazan. It had a long-term fighting following auxiliary criminal groups of the city (Ayrapetovskaya, Kochetkovskie, etc.)
The Grekov Gang: Named after Grecoff Bradlik, this group has been known to dominate Saint Petersburg and has sects in Montreal, Canada; the man most associated past them is Vladimir Kumarin.
The Semion Mogilevich processing: Based in Budapest, Hungary and headed by the crime boss of the same say, this organization numbered re 250 members as of 1996. Its matter is often tied once that of the Solntsevskaya Bratva and the Vyacheslav Ivankov Organization. Aleksey Anatolyevich Lugovcov is the second-in-command, and Vitaly Borisovich Savalovsky is the "underboss" to Mogilevich.
The Uralmash gang of Yekaterinburg.
The Mkhedrioni was a paramilitary society operating in organised crime[quotation needed] led by a Thief in press on Jaba Ioseliani in Georgia in 1990s.
Armenian Power, or AP-13, is a California-based crime syndicate tied to Russian and Armenian organised crime.
The city of Kazan was known for its gang culture, which snobbish progressed into more organised, mafia-esque groups. This was known as the Kazan phenomenon.
In popular culture[abbreviate]
The 1994 film Little Odessa, the Russian mafia of New York is the subject.
The 1997 Russian cult film Brother tells a defense of a minor mobster when a mighty sence of respect in the 1990s St. Petersburg. It spawned a 2000 sequel, Brother 2, which takes place in Moscow and the United States.
The 1997 film Jungle 2 Jungle features a Russian mafia in New York City add footnotes to Alexei Jovanovic (David Ogden Stiers).
The 1998 film Rounders prominently features members of the Russian mafia.
The smoothly-liked Russian TV mini-series Brigada, aired in 2002, depicted a outfit of underdogs rising the crime ladder to become oligarchs in the 1990s Moscow.
The 2002 Russian film Tycoon shows the rise of a Russian oligarch from the Gorbachev grow early in the late '80s, to absolute facility in the Yeltsin times in the '90s.
The 2002 film Half Past Dead has a Russian car robber as the main chacter.
The 2003 Russian film Bimmer is road movie not quite four associates who acquire into suffer once the pretense and run away Moscow in a black BMW. As the men objective across the Russian expanse, they feat ruination, cruelty, poverty, and various situations characterizing the bleakness and challenges of small-town simulation in proclaim-Soviet Russia. A sequel was released in 2006.
The 2005 Russian film Dead Man's Bluff is a dark comedy portraying young person mobsters in the 1990s Nizhny Novgorod.
The 2007 film Eastern Promises, subject of which is the Russian mafia in London.
In the 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV video game, the main protagonist is linked following and difficult rivals bordering to a Russian mafia gang. The Russian mafia with appears in Grand Theft Auto 2. Also in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas one of the missions involves Big Smoke taking CJ down to a Hotel in Los Santos where they meet in the works subsequent to a society of Russian mobsters.
The pure episodes of the Law & Order Season 9 (199899) middle roughly the Russian mafia in Manhattan and their attempts to sabotage exploit.
In the film Training Day, Denzel Washington's vibes is aggravating to pay a ransom of portion for his vigor after he assaulted a aficionada of the Russian mafia in Las Vegas.
In the HBO Series "Oz (tv series)", the Russian mafia was represented by Jewish-Russian Mafia shakeup Nikolai Stanislofsky and by Cossac hitman Yuri Kosygin. Kosygin is described in the dogfight as "the most ruthless hitman in Little Odessa".
In The Sopranos, there were many references and interactions like the Russian mafia.
The Japanese manga and anime series "Black Lagoon" prominently features the Russian mafia.
The Bratva has a recurring role in the CW TV series Arrow. Oliver Queen has friends in the running who he uses to locate criminals.
The 2012 indie game Hotline Miami features the Russian mafia as the main antagonists.
In Orange Is the New Black, set in a federal women's prison, Galina "Red" Reznikova (a main mood; played by Kate Mulgrew) is in the prison for her involvement taking into consideration the Russian mafia in Queens.
In The Jackal, a Russian mob boss hires the titular assassin to avenge the death of his brother.
The film adjustment of The Equalizer features the Russian mafia as the primary antagonists.
Gotham features a Russian mafia relatives formerly complex to Sicilian gangster Carmine Falcone, but complex turns against him subsequent to the black mob as allies.