The sudden emergence of the Russian Mafia (which in reality was a KGB operation) around the world as a "consequence" of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 now appears to have been one of the mechanisms employed.
This is just fantastic. Sudden emergence of Russian Mafia. Looks like those who watched USSR for decades did not see how Soviet economy was shifting into 'grey' market. How pity. Andropov's problem was not just rotting stiff bureaucracy - he had to find solution to 'grey' market as well. Underground economy had to be ether crushed or converted into legal. Andropov had no time and power to do one - and no will to do another. Gorbachev did, but late and with stupid idea to keep it in colors od socialism.
The only thing that really changed "in 1991" is opening of Soviet borders for free trade and travel. BTW, "in 1991" is another lie - internationalization of 'grey' market economy started much earlier. Flow of raw materials, dirty money, know-how, art and archives was gradually increasing in 80s (mostly second half), but The West was in Gorbazm mood and did not care about criminal element involved in all this.
Now, suddenly, they found Russian Mafia. Who to blame? Here comes a blossom of discover: KGB!
Newsmax has lost all of my respect. In the first place the main sources of drug running in Europe are the KLA and buddies. Albanians do more of it than anyone.
In the second place, I am glad the Russians have good intelligence. I am glad it is more powerful today than it used to be. They need it to fight the chechen wahabi scum.
I agree. You can destroy both terrorism and drug traffickers with one very simple change in policy: Embrace freedom and abandon oppression. End drug prohibition.