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"Corruption and bribery were growing in Russia in 2004," Nikolai Ovchinnikov, the chairman of the department for struggle with organized crime and terrorism of the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry told reporters at a press conference in Moscow today. Russian criminal groups, of which there are about a hundred, strive to expand their influence both inside and outside Russia.
...ranks third among countries, which write off debts of other states.
MOSCOW. Feb 1 (Interfax) - Russia paid back $3.3 billion of its debts to the International Monetary Fund ahead of schedule on January 31, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told a Tuesday news conference.
Kudrin said paying Russia's IMF debt ahead of time will help save $204 million in interest.
"Beginning from 2005, this money will be used for other purposes," the minister said.
Russia was to repay its debt to the IMF in 2008. The money that the IMF has received from Russia ahead of the time may be used to aid other countries, Kudrin said.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
The Red Mafia is a major power in Russia at present. The fall of the USSR was a perfect breeding ground for them. They are also very smart I would say as of now they are the most powerful criminal org. on the planet.
Originally posted by Souljah
isnt that great!?
so if you are looking for a war criminal,
like serbian general mladic or radovan karadzic,
they are probably hiding in russia.
maybe osama is also hiding in there,
since there is alot of place for everyone.
General crime level in Moscow down first time in years
MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) -- Pre-emptive measures have reduced the general crime rate in Moscow for the first time over years, Moscow’s Prosecutor Anatoly Zuyev said at the enlarged session of the city prosecutor’s office collegium on Wednesday.
Two managers of oil companies arrested, charged with theft
MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) -- The general directors of the Khanty-Mansi Oil Company and the Nazym Oil Exploration Company have been arrested, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said at an enlarged session of the ministry’s collegium on Wednesday.
Both men are charged with “embezzlement of one and a half billion rubles, disbursed from the budget for the reserve base rehabilitation.”
Berezovsky Claims Chechen Rebels Have A-bomb
Berezovsky is convinced that Vladimir Putin should accept the invitation of the separatist leaders and launch peace talks with them. “Or else, he will have to face the Hague tribunal, along with Milosevic,” Berezovsky said.
In its issue of 30 December 1996 Forbes described the two men as "criminals on an outrageous scale". On the contents page Mr. Berezovsky was introduced as follows:
"Is he the Godfather of the Kremlin? Power, Politics, Murder. Boris Berezovsky can teach the guys in Sicily a thing or two."
The flavour of the article, which together with a prominent photograph of Mr. Berezovsky was spread over seven pages, is captured by an editorial published by Mr. James W. Michaels, the editor of Forbes. It states:
". . . this is the true story of the brilliant, unscrupulous Boris Berezovsky, a close associate of President Boris Yeltsin and a man who parlayed an auto dealership into Russia's most formidable business empire. Berezovsky stands tall as one of the most powerful men in Russia. Behind him lies a trail of corpses, uncollectible debts and competitors terrified for their lives.
"I was suprised by the amount of people telling me that the terrorists all come from britain. also they say thats why there is no terrorism (Islamic) in Britain....we let them stay here & they protect us in return."