reply to post by Shamrock6
this is closer to what I was looking for.
I am living in Spain where for some reason allot of Russian mob comes to retire. I am in the north and they have not really moved here and set up
shop. They like the south and have had a place to go there since the 80´s.
Thing is a couple weeks ago up to now there is a build up of new eastern faces. Like the ones that hit the bricks and scope things out and do ground
work. petty grunts.
I am from NY and am very observant. I see them scoping out commercial streets, popping in and out of stores and what not, just generally observing.
They live way too comfortably to be the type of criminal they should be. Average Romanians are not as well dressed and casual. They are also NOT
Romanian, even though they will pass them selves off as such. They are generally more stressed and edgy. These guys are not.
They are well oriented and groomed. They are not pulling little tricks for money to send back home to the starving mother. They come and go with
someone. They are like the typical bag guy that sits in a cafe or bar all day and leaves in a rush after being too focused on his phone the whole time
Then there is the arrival of well off ethnic Russians and their older family members who have quietly bought apartments and houses and have causally
blended in, but only interact with other Russians of a similar status. They have been schooled in Spanish. Perfect Castilian and are very worldly.
They have been here for a little while but I cant say exactly because they have expertly blended in like water in water. Which is not normal in a
small city where people are noisy and revel in gossip. Especially about new comers. I ask them where they are from sometimes just because I hear them
say something very quickly and lowly in another language when I am far off. I have great hearing. I chat them up about where they are from which is
usually pretty dry compared to casual talk in "character" when I assume they are spanish.
so the ground work is done and now I think the real players are coming in to town to see where their parents and grandparents have installed
themselves or simply are visiting their employers. They seem to be passing through. Like they were on an errand.
These new guys, there is something to them I have noticed before. Quick eyes, VERY observant. They watch EVERYTHING in peripheral vision. They have a
certain strained look to them. Groomed over but there if you look at the little things about their demeanor. They dont tap their feet or their fingers
to a great song everyone else is listening to and initiating that social phenomenon where if you tap your foot or a pen to a certain melody of a song
everyone picks up on it subconsciously and does the same. They have discipline for the way they carry themselves. You cant surprise them. You cant
lead them. they thoroughly read you and your facial and corporal ques. i doubt they all happen to work as mentalists for some carnival show.
They dress with clothing that is american made or at least not from the area. Expensive and always functional. It would blend in perfectly in the
states but not in this part of Spain. Germany as well. Northern countries.
They all wear mostly sport boots or sneakers. Hiking shoes. They are well built. Not muscular, but you can tell their body has gone through some
conditioning. Their hands, their knuckles are very healed over but you can see that they trained in martial arts/ self defense at one point in
if you drop a metal tray or a glass they dont jump or twitch. They dont like people behind them. They are obsessed with personal space. They
anticipate everything you do. If you make a sudden movement at their side or behind them they immediately place their footing in a defensive position,
but very casually and seamlessly. if you make a strange movement over their food or beverage, they will not touch it again. Things that the average
person would not pick up on. They would not watch your hand from their peripheral vision to even notice you had your hand like you had something
cupped and opened your hand after it passed over their cup.....even though you didnt have anything in it.
I dont know. I am a people watcher. I am also very extroversive when I want to be, so I fish for details. I ask where they are from and listen to see
if their accent matches the ethnic look of their faces and clothing. I observe how they respond, if they are spontaneous and at least a little
hesitant /normal. If they are well rehearsed and too quick with what most people take a second or two to respond to, then I focus more on my next
question and see if they at least show some sign of being like everyone else, or are very well tuned.
I know this can be my own behavior generating this sort of erratic behavior from people. We are mirrors. Thing is I have always been a people watcher.
These people are not like the rest. Giving the known situation my part of the world is in, where this part of the world, and this country in
particular has made for people who come here to quasi retire from lives in organized crime, and that they often employ ex-soviet intelligence. I am
curious as to what exactly may be around me and if I should play a little dumber or think nothing of it.
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