This is the conclusion published by the European foreign policy Council (ECFR) study the British political scientist Mark Galeotti "Crimintern: How The Kremlin Uses Russia's Criminal Networks In Europe" ("Crimintern: How the Kremlin is using Russian organized crime in Europe").
The paper highlights several activities of Russian organized crime. Latvia and Cyprus on the map of Europe is highlighted by the fact that are centers of money laundering, and the local Russian-speaking communities, where infiltrada representatives of the Russian albertopolis.
Near the borders of Estonia marked the collaboration of the representatives of Russian organized crime with the Russian authorities in the kidnapping of an employee of the Estonian security police, Eston Kohver.
It also provided examples of such cooperation of the Kremlin and of the underworld in Cyprus, where missing Russian agent in Montenegro, where he organized a coup attempt, Turkey and Austria, where the murder was committed in the interests of the Russian state.
As the author of the study, representatives of Russian organized crime increasingly prefer to disguise themselves behind a legitimate economic activity, so use where large communities of Russian and other Eurasian peoples. As the brightest examples of such places he calls the Costa del Sol in Spain, Cyprus and the Russian-speaking community in Riga.
Over the past 20 years the activities of Russian organized crime in Europe has changed dramatically, the criminals are operating less on the streets and more involved in various shady actions, concludes the researcher.
"The Russian state is criminalized, and underground connection of the underworld with the political ground of the world allows the regime from time to time to use criminals as a tool of its power" — he said.
Latvia and Cyprus are also as bright examples of countries that have already earned the reputation of favorite Russian criminal groups places for money laundering. They launder money in the UK, Switzerland, Greece and Bulgaria.
The experience of Latvia and Estonia in the successful fight against such groups in close cooperation with law enforcement and intelligence agencies Galeotti cites the example of other European countries.