The Transnational Aspects of Russian Organized Crime
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room 1219
Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Mark Galeotti, Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at New York University's SCPS Center for Global Affairs. Whether we call it Russian, Russia-based and Eurasian organized crime -- each term carries its own nuance -- this is a serious global issue. Networked, supremely entrepreneurial, and largely secure at home, these organized crime groups traffic a growing share of Afghan heroin, deal commodities from arms to people, and have established operations around the world, including within the USA. In the midst of a sometimes-bloody transition from the old order of the tattooed prison veterans to a new generation of cosmopolitan criminal-businessmen, they are also increasingly connected to other criminal groups. Through providing criminal goods and services, they thus facilitate the operations of organized crime around the world -- and also the Russian intelligence services, with whom they frequently have connections.