BY BARBARA ROSS
A wealthy Russian entrepreneur is accusing a Manhattan nonprofit research organization of defaming him by including him in a deck of cards that features Russian mobsters.
Victor Remsha, CEO and founder of Finam, a Moscow-based investment conglomerate, says the Institute for Russian Research was wrong to make him their queen of spades and to accuse him on the card of laundering money for Russian gangsters, according to his Manhattan Supreme Court suit.
The cards were sold on Amazon and posted on a website called RussianMafiaCards.com.
The cards contained pictures and brief descriptions of alleged gangsters.
Pakhan: The ‘boss’ or the ‘Kresti otets’ is the ‘Godfather’ & controls everything. The Pakhan controls four criminal cells in the working unit through an intermediary called the ‘Brigadier’
Sovietnik: The councilor or the advisor and one of the most trusted people of the Pakhan
Obshchak: The bookmaker, who collects funds from the Brigadiers and bribes the government; he is another one of the most trusted people of the Pakhan
Brigadier: The brigadier is the ‘Avtorityet’ or ‘Authority’ is in-charge of a small group of men called a brigade (Bratvahe assigns jobs to the Boyeviks and pays his tributes to the Pakhans. 5-6 Boyeviks and Shestoyorkas comprise a brigade.
Boyevik: Literally means the warrior, they work for the Brigadier. They have a special criminal activity to run. They are also in-charge of finding new members and paying tributes to the Brigadier. They are also the main strike force of the Bratva.
Kryshas: Literally meaning roofs or covers, they are cunning & violent individuals employed to protect the business from other criminal organizations
Torpedos: Contract killers for the mafia
Byki: Bodyguards of the mafia
Shestyorka: Associates to the mafia organization, often playing the role of an errand boy being the lowest rank in the mafia
These and other issues were discussed at talks in Moscow by Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and his Greek counterpart Efterpi Koutzamani.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), tens of thousands of women are sent every year to Western Europe alone to work as prostitutes, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin said at a roundtable held as part of cooperation between the two countries' prosecutors.
"Young women and sometimes young men are trafficked from one country to another via well-organized channels. Among the reasons why human trafficking has gone on such a scale is the openness of borders and an increase in international migration flows, flaws in the migration laws, official corruption, not excluding the countries of destination," Grin said.
One of the dangerous manifestations of organized crime is "the desire by transnational organized criminal groups not only to extract profit through human trafficking, trafficking of illicit drugs and weapons, but also to legalize it, which is often used to finance organized crime, among other things," Grin said.
"Particular attention should be paid to regular exchange of information about instances of criminal activity, joint and concerted preventative efforts in this sphere, including the measures to rehabilitate crime victims, the measures to detect and prevent flows of criminal proceeds, and through working meetings between experts for further development of cooperation methods," the Russian deputy prosecutor said.
"Exchange of experience between prosecutors in the sphere of fighting organized crime and human trafficking will make the common work more efficient," Chaika said.
For her part, Greek Supreme Court's Prosecutor General Koutzamani said that "cooperation between the two agencies must contribute to the further strengthening of cooperation between our countries."
"She stressed that Russia and Greece have long-time close relations. The two nations are united by their common history, religion and culture," the statement said.
The Greek prosecutor general especially highlighted the fact that "in contemporary history, the two countries acted as a united front against fascism and sustained heavy losses during the Second World War.