Crimintern: How the Kremlin uses Russia’s criminal networks in Europe - European Council on Foreign Relations

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Crimintern: How the Kremlin uses Russia’s criminal networks in Europe - European Council on Foreign Relations

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Over the past 20 years, the role of Russian organised crime in Europe has shifted considerably. Today, Russian criminals operate less on the street and more in the shadows: as allies, facilitators and suppliers for local European gangs  and continent-wide criminal networks.
The Russian state is highly criminalised, and the interpenetration of the criminal ‘underworld’ and the political ‘upperworld’ has led the regime to use criminals from time to time as instruments of its rule.
Russian-based organised crime groups in Europe have been used for a variety of purposes, including as sources of ‘black cash’, to launch cyber attacks, to wield political influence, to traffic people and goods, and even to carry out   targeted assassinations on behalf of the Kremlin.
European states and institutions need to consider RBOC a security as much as a criminal problem, and adopt measures to combat it, including concentrating on targeting their assets, sharing information between security and law-enforcement  agencies, and accepting the need to devote political and economic capital to the challenge.