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Podcast: War Of The Thieves

Russian police officers and investigators crowd at the site of the killing of Aslan Usoyan, better known as "Ded Khasan" (Grandfather Khasan), outside the Karetny Dvor restaurant in central Moscow in mid-January.
It's beginning to look a lot like a mob war.

From Moscow to Sukhumi to Istanbul, the fallout is spreading from last month's killing of mafia kingpin Aslan Usoyan. After more than a decade of peace, the hit appears to have set off a settling of scores among post-Soviet crime groups.

How far will this new war of the thieves go? And what are its implications?

On the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I discuss these issues with co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, expert on Russian organized crime, and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."

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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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