Misha Glenny - McMafia TV -
95,339. The Balkans – war-ravaged, impoverished and traumatised – were about to be transformed into a smuggling and criminal machine that had few, if any, parallels in history. While the world wrung its hands and fretted over the terrible nationalist urges of the Yugoslav peoples and their leaderships, the Balkan mafias started putting aside their ethnic differences to engage in a beathtaking criminal collaboration. (Gangstas & Balkans) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,345. Anyone with any serious political ambitions had no choice but to get mobbed up. ibid.
95,394. The collapse of the Soviet Union is the single most important cause of the exponential growth in organised crime that we have seen around the world in the last two decades. (Russia & Soviet Union & Crime & Gangstas) ibid.
95,423. Across the world, the trade in narcotics was one of the most profitable criminal activities. All the major criminal groups in the former Soviet Union had built up extensive business interests in the manufacture of amphetamines and Ecstasy, in the importation of cocaine into Europe and, above all, in the distribution and sale of heroin from Central Asia into Eastern and Western Europe and the USA. (Gangstas & Drugs) ibid.
95,537. There are two basic types of criminal syndicate: the commodity traders and the protection racketeers. The former kind is divided into three principle groups: producers, wholesale traders and retailers. (Gangsta & Crime) ibid.
95,539. Throughout the world, it is the most adventurous wholesale traders and risk-takers in the licit economy who are most closely associated with criminality in popular perception. Being at the heart of the global economy, trade is a key component in the world of organised crime. (Gangstas & Trade & Economy) ibid.
95,565. The sustained and hideously violent rape of the animal, vegetable and above all mineral resources of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990s and the early 2000s. The multi-billion-dollar enterprise includes politicians, gangsters, businessmen and large corporations, who all work relentlessly to sate both their unquenchable avarice and the global consumer’s equally rapacious demand for mobile phones and things that sparkle. (Gangstas & Africa & Resources) ibid.
95,572. Most major organised syndicates are made up of clusters of dozens of minor conspiracies, which move a product or service a little further down the chain of distribution. ibid.
95,576. A complex interplay between the regulated and unregulated global economy ... Ordinary citizens in the West are much more closely connected to major criminal industries than they might otherwise realise. ibid.
95,590. But with narcotics, where demand is immense and relentless, prohibition drives the market towards the only place capable of satisfying that demand and regulating the industry: organised crime. (Drugs & Gangstas) ibid.
95,594. If a country supports prohibition, it is also guaranteeing that on the supply side all profits will accrue to underground networks; and on the demand side it is guaranteeing that any social or public-health problems associated with drug-taking will only come to light in the great majority of cases once they are out of control. (Drugs & Prohibition & Gangstas) ibid.
95,647. In order to understand and hence combat organised crime, it is important to recognise the distinct activities involved. (Gangstas & Mafia) ibid.
95,682. If we fail to construct an adequate regulatory mechanism – that is, some form of global governance – then organised crime and corruption will combine with protectionism and chauvinism to engender a very unstable and very dangerous world. ibid.
95,684. By using prohibited narcotics, consumers are not only contributing to huge criminal profits, but they bear indirect responsibility for the trail of blood that marks every stage of its journey. (Gangstas & Consumerism & Drugs) ibid.
95,685. The urgent need for greater financial regulation in the financial markets: in a world where legitimate institutions are unable to account properly for their dealings, the ability of criminals to launder their money through this merry-go-round of speculation is greatly increased. (Gangstas & Finance & Money) ibid.
95,686. It is not globalisation in itself that has spurred the spectacular growth of organised crime in recent years, but global markets that are either insufficiently regulated, especially in the financial sector, or too closely regulated, as in the labour and agricultural markets. (Gangstas & Globalisation & Market & Finance) ibid.
114,759. My enemies have made it harder for me to export my heroin from the north, McMafia I, BBC 2018, opening scene
114,760. Your father – he decided on London … I follow him everywhere. ibid. uncle
114,761. Let me guess – you’re a gangsta. ibid. bird in disco
114,763. I’m a banker not a gangsta. ibid. hero
114,869. Perhaps I can give you better terms and help you with your cash flow. McMafia II, Semiyon to Mumbai dude
114,870. Prague is the gateway to the Russian market … The counterfeit and smuggling business is worth millions. ibid.
115,023. Three months ago we had everyone in Mumbai in our pocket. Now Chopra says he needs more money for bribes. McMafia III, gangsta
115,054. Let me think about it. And you should too. McMafia IV, Semiyon to Alex
115,055. It won’t be long before Vadim traces it back to you and me. I can still call it off. ibid.
115,086. You slept with my dad? McMafia V, Faye to Masha
115,087. We’re not strong enough to take on Vadim without their help. ibid. Alex
115,088. There’s no telling how far you will go. ibid. Semiyon to Alex
115,259. I don’t think this is over. McMafia VI, Alex to father
115,260. Maybe you should move out for a while. ibid. Alex to Rebecca
115,261. Masha is pregant with Papa’s child. ibid. Faye to Alex
115,636. Vadim almost took everything from me. McMafia VII, Alex’s father
115,637. I’m not paranoid: it was a threat. It was Vadim telling me it isn’t over. ibid. Alex
115,638. Would you be prepared to go to Moscow? ibid. Embassy bloke to Alex
115,829. Wait over there please. McMafia VIII, Russian customs to Alex
115,830. Vadim’s daughter was killed. I had nothing to do with it. ibid. Alex’s father to embassy contact
115,831. You have to get out of Rusia. ibid. Alex’s father to Alex
115,832. In return for an open door and protection for your shipments we’d ask for a 50% split on every consignment … I’ll manage the sale and distribution of your product. ibid. Alex
AFGHANISTAN: Misha Glenny -
95,617. The intervention has caused Afghanistan to become an epicentre of organised crime, insurgency and terrorism. The country now nourishes all manner of organisations, from the Turkish smack cartels through the despotic leaders of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, not forgetting al-Qaeda, whose prime source of income in the region is the Afghan opium trade. (Afghanistan & Gangstas) Misha Glenny, McMafia
ANGOLA: Misha Glenny -
95,568. It was the perfect trade circle. Weapons manufactured mainly in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union ... would be flown into the conflict areas of Africa. Russian pilots were especially welcome as they often knew the terrain well from the Cold War period. The weapons were traded for diamonds ... The only people who lost out were the dead and maimed Angolans. (Angola & Gangstas & Weapons & Diamonds & Trade) Misha Glenny, McMafia
ARGENTINA: Art of the Heist TV -
9,952. Argentina was ruled by a ruthless military junta. When the biggest art theft in the nation’s history occurred. Impressionist paintings by some of France’s most famous artists were stolen. For more than twenty years the paintings ... vanished. The hunt for the paintings covered three countries, and was finally resolved in a courtroom in Paris. (Art & Paintings & Argentina & Gangstas: Argentina) Art of the Heist: The Disappeared
AUSTRALIA: Masterminds TV - Australian Families of Crime TV - Sydney's Underworld Enforcer TV -
17,066. He targeted the richest day in horseracing. And pulled off the biggest betting scam in the history of American sport. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia) Masterminds: A Day at the Races
17,067. On Breeders’ Cup day 2002 one lucky better beat the odds and became the only winner of the Pick 6 Multi-Million Dollar Jackpot. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia & Odds) ibid.
17,068. Mastermind Chris Harn had found a way to turn a 1,000,000 to 1 longshot into a $3,000,000 sure thing. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia & Odds) ibid.
17,069. Armed with a degree in computer programming Chris Harn joins Autotote Systems. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia) ibid.
17,070. He now manipulates the system to copy the winning serial numbers on to the test tickets. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia) ibid.
17,071. His win turns out to be too big. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia) ibid.
17,072. Autotote questions all employees. When Harn fails to explain his presence in the office on Breeder’s Cup Day he is immediately fired. (Gangstas & Betting & Horseracing & Australia) ibid.
17,291. On a winter’s Saturday morning in 2003 ... Notorious gangster Jason Moran is sitting in his family van chatting with one of his men. In the back seat are five children including Moran’s six-year-old twins. A hired killer steps up to the car. Both men are assassinated. The killings are the latest and most brazen in a series of seventeen gangland murders over five years. They’ve been carried out on the orders of a man who’ll become known as a mass murderer, a killer with a perpetual smile, who never did his own dirty work but who paid others to ambush his enemies – Carl Williams. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) Australian Families of Crime: Carl Williams: Baby Face Killer s1e1
17,292. In the late 1990s Carl Williams decides he wants a slice of the millions made from party drugs in Melbourne ... Carl’s new party drug generates enormous profits. (Gangstas & Murder & Drugs & Australia) ibid.
17,293. The Morans walk away laughing and suggest that he gets the bullet removed from his stomach and sent it back to them. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) ibid.
17,294. Their trial is delayed by a drugs squad corruption scandal. (Gangstas & Murder & Drugs & Australia) ibid.
17,295. Thompson is brazenly murdered in a crowded street. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) ibid.
17,296. Carl’s hitmen carry out the contract and shoot Michael Marshall outside his own home. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) ibid.
17,297. Carl Williams' next target is the leader of the old guard of Melbourne’s underworld who are known as the Carlton Crew. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) ibid.
17,298. Lewis Moran’s public execution stirs a fresh wave of outrage. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) ibid.
17,299. On 19th April 2010 Carl Williams died from a heart attack after suffering traumatic injury caused by a brutal beating from a fellow inmate. (Gangstas & Murder & Australia) ibid.