Organized Crime in Russia: A Threat to the National Security Interests of the United States   [open pdf - 4MB]

Organized crime in Russia has a direct, negative impact on the national security interests of the United States. The U.S. national security interests in Russia include regional stability, development of a free market based economy and control of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These interests are best served by a viable, democratic government in Russia. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia began a movement toward democracy. However, the powerful forces of organized crime within Russia and its grip on the domestic economy, is impeding its progress. International solutions to this challenge include greater cooperation among western nations to stem the flow of illegal money and material out of Russia. For its part the United States is developing closer law enforcement ties with the Russian Ministry of Interior. The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an office in Moscow. Future efforts must be focused on the mutual development of criminal intelligence in order to identify, arrest, and successfully prosecute Russian organized crime figures. In addition the products, goods, and services which Russian organized crime provides to the Russian people must be produced and delivered through the legal Russian market.

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