“No societies are free from organizedcrime except for severely repressiveones” (61). Sergei Mikhailov presidedover the Solntsevo mob, an empire of gangs (known for throwing extravaganttasteless parties) that went into banking(63-67). In the 1990s security entitiesderiving from the Soviet Union farmedthemselves out to oligarchs and engagedin war; Putin, having restored theprestige of the KGB “in its novel guise asthe FSB,” tolerates former crime bossesbut has reigned in the oligarchs, creatinga sort of “market authoritarianism” (67-70).
Ch. 4: Spreading the Word.
TomasMachacek, an honest Czech policemenwhose work was sabotaged in the 1990sby organized crime (71-74). TamasBoros, murdered in Budapest in 1998,was involved in a heating oil scam (74-77). Semion Mogilevich, believed to bethe top figure in Russian organized crime(72-73, 77-78). The “mysterious,inscrutable” ETG scam, raking inhundreds of millions from Gazprom sales,exemplifies criminal activity with statebacking: “It is hard to ascertain whetherit was gross corruption or simply criminal,or, indeed, where the boundary betweenthe two lies” (80; 77-82). Organizedcrime in Ukraine (82-87). Odessa,controlled by mobster Karabas, is closeto Transnistria, a breakway province of Moldova that is “the quintessentialgangster state” (91; 87-93). A visit to Tiraspol, capital of Transnistria (93-96).
PART II: GOLD, MONEY, DIAMONDS,AND BANKSCh. 5: Aliyah.
[The Hebrew word forimmigration of Jews to Greater Israel;literally ‘ascent.’] Russian immigration toIsrael has created an organized crimeproblem there (99-105). The traffickingof “Ludmila Balbinova,” who ended up ina Tel Aviv brothel, with AIDS (105-10).Russian crime’s connection unsurprisingbecause “[a] disproportionate number of the most influential Russian oligarchs andgangsters were Jewish,” a fact manyprefer to pass over in silence, but whichGlenny explains by the glass ceiling for Jews in Soviet society (112; 110-14).Israel is “an ideal place to invest orlaunder money” (111; 120). Corruptionis on the increase in Israel, whereglobalization is undermining thecollectivist ethos of Zionist society (114-17). Gambling and drugs (117-20).
Ch. 6: Xanadu I.
[India & Dubai, a“stately pleasure dome for the world’ssuperrich” (153).] The bombing withRDX of the Bombay (since 1997 Mumbai)Stock Exchange on Mar. 12, 1993 (121-25). Dubai (125-27). Gold smugglingand Bombay gang wars; DawoodIbrahim’s criminal network (127-39).
Ch. 7: Xanadu II.
Rakesh Maria breaksthe stock exchange bombing case, whichwas carried out by a criminal syndicate(140-44). Interview with a Bombaycontract killer (144-46). Dubai is aninternational center of money laundering,facilitated by the deregulation of financialmarkets (146-60).
Ch. 8: The Theater of Crime.
[Nigeria]Nigerian “419” (from the Nigeriancriminal code) or advance fee scams,facilitated by deregulation (161-82).
Ch. 9: Black and White.
[South Africa]How South Africa became “the new pivotfor the international drug trade” bytaking advantage of the juxtaposition of first and third world populations, withadditional comments on criminalinvolvement in African resource wars inAngola and Congo (183-207).
PART III: DRUGS AND CYBERCRIMECh. 10: Buddies.
[British Columbia] The marijuana industry in BritishColumbia, a $5bn industry in 2006, 6% of its GDP (210-17). Canadian anti-Americanism fuels sentiment in favor of