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Podcast: The Gangster Weapon

  • Brian Whitmore

Hackers, traffickers, gangsters, and guns.

Hackers, traffickers, gangsters, and guns.

From cyberattacks to arms trafficking, crime in Russia isn't always just crime -- sometimes, it's a tool of statecraft.

The security services have effectively tamed and co-opted the fabled Russian mafia -- a web of criminal networks with global reach -- and turned it into a lethal weapon in Moscow's showdown with the West.

On the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we take a look at Russia's gangster weapon and its effectiveness.

Joining me is co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert in Russian organized crime, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows, and guest Karen Dawisha, director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University in Ohio, and author of the highly acclaimed book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

Enjoy...

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

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