Russia branded 'mafia state'!!!

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  1. bhramos

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    Russia has become a virtual "mafia state" with widespread corruption, bribery and protection rackets, fresh diplomatic cables on Wikileaks allege.

    There was no differentiation between government and organised crime, one Spanish prosecutor investigating crime links says.

    PM Vladimir Putin told CNN the leaks were being engineered for "political purposes" and were "no catastrophe".

    The documents are among hundreds being released by the whistle-blower website
    'Unethically done'

    The cables, published by the Guardian newspaper, paint a picture of a corrupt Russia centred around the leadership of Mr Putin. Bribery in the political system totals an estimated $300bn (£192bn) a year, the paper says.

    In one cable from January 2010, Spanish prosecutor Jose "Pepe" Grinda Gonzales claimed that in Russia, Belarus and Chechnya "one cannot differentiate between the activities of the Government and OC (organised crime) groups".

    Judge Grinda led a long investigation into Russian organised crime in Spain, leading to more than 60 arrests.

    A cable from the US embassy in Madrid talks about the "unanswered question" of the extent to which Mr Putin is implicated in the mafia and whether he controls its actions.

    The leaked cables also show that Washington believed Mr Putin was likely to have known about the operation to murder former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

    US ambassador to Russia John Beyrle also submits a damning report on corruption in Moscow.

    "Criminal elements enjoy a krysha (protection racket) that runs through the police, the federal security service, ministry of internal affairs and the prosecutor's office, as well as throughout the Moscow city government bureaucracy," Mr Beyrle says.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11893886
     
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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Russian mafia makes a convenient "hit squad" for the authorities tying to take someone out. Deny involvement and blame organised crime.
     
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    There are approximately 100 mafia gangs in russia running different types of illlicit businesses like racketing of arms,sex,drugs and do contract killings usually....Here in russia the gratest mafia is the govt itself..things are no better from the days of communist regime...its ony more worse...the govt itself is engaged in elimination of people who raises the voice against them ..remember the deaths of writer Anna politovsky and former spie lithvinenko..both were attributed to the great Vladimur putin..
    Every one in the universe is concerning about the fate of nukes in pakistan but thanks to the iron curtain no one is bothered about nukes in russia which is more than 10 times pakistan posess...
     
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    Another BBC propaganda :flame:

    Every major state has political villains & organized crime rackets. Russia is facing peak of it.
     
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    If the GOVT itself is the major mafia what else we had to say about a nation...as there is no opposition the situation wont change in the near future....
     
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    British newspapers are still deluded that their biased opinion holds any importance in the modern world.
    Seeing how this report is kinda old, bet the Murdoch Gate gave them a little glimpse into the corruption in UK.
     
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