Misha Glenny - McMafia TV - Inside the Criminal Mind 2018 -
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: World & Balkans & Smuggling & Cigarette) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,345. Anyone with any serious political ambitions had no choice but to get mobbed up. (Gangstas: World & Balkans & Smuggling & Cigarette) ibid.
95,341. Throughout most of the 1990s Djukanovic’s country, Montenegro, with a population of just 600,000 (regarded by the rest of the Balkans as a legendary indolent people), was the focal point of a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that generated income from America through the Middle East, Central Asia, the Maghreb, the Balkans and Western Europe.
Week after week, several tons of illegal cigarette shipments would land at the country’s two main airports. (Gangstas: World & Balkans & Smuggling & Cigarette) ibid.
95,342. The Balkan cigarette trade was linked to the money-laundering of Colombian drugs money. (Gangstas: World & Balkans & Smuggling & Cigarette) ibid.
94,343. Washington was now telling him that if he wanted closer relations with NATO and the EU, it was time to get out of the cigarette business. (Gangstas: World & Balkans & Smuggling & Cigarette) ibid.
95,678. The region in southern Fujian is called Da Shan (Big Mountain) and it is home to some of the biggest and more lucrative counterfeit factories in the world. These facilities, built deep into the mountain, produce millions of cigarettes a day. (China & Gangstas: World & Cigarette & Smuggling & Fake & Balkans) ibid.
95,679. Tung’s cigarette-smuggling enterprise alone ships between 20 and 50 40-foot container loads of international brand-name cigarettes each month ... Tung owns or controls three container ships, as many as seven ocean-going tankers, and an unknown number of other vehicles. (Gangstas: World & Cigarettes & Smuggling & Balkans) 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
128,759. They some of the most powerful business executives on the planet, described as part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star. They control powerful organisations that generate unimaginable wealth but their fortunes aren’t spawned through clever corporate strategy: their businesses are built on gambling, drugs, intimidation, fear and murder. They tactics are heartless, their methods are cruel, and their pschology is pure evil: Crime Lords. (Crime & Gangstas & Mind & Brain) Inside the Criminal Mind s1e4: Crime Lords
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
ALGERIA: Algiers 1937 -
22,903. Pepe le Moko lives in the Casbah ... like a crawling anthill, a jungle of houses, a labyrinth of narrow passages and winding alleys rotten with vermin and decay and the filth of centuries. (GBH Films & Gangstas: Algeria) Algiers 1937 starring Charles Boyer & Hedy Lamarr & Sigrid Gurie & Joseph Calleia & Alan Hale & Gene Lockhart & Walter Kingsford & Paul Harvey & Stanley Fields et al, director John Cromwell, rozzer
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 - Nine Queens 2000 -
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
119,944. I should know when someone’s pulling a trick on me. It was the gun that convinced me. (GBH Films & Con & Gangstas: Argentina) Nine Queens 2000 starring Gaston Pauls & Leticia Bredice & Maria Mercedes Villagra & Gabo Correa & Pochi Ducasse & Luis Armesto & Ernesto Arias & Amancay Espindola & Isaac Fajm et al, director Fabian Bielinsky, Juan to Marcos
119,945. The Nine Queens is a sheet of stamps from the Weimar republic. (GBH Films & Con & Gangstas: Argentina) ibid. Sandler
119,946. I can handle what I do; you’re afraid of being singled out. (GBH Films & Con & Gangstas: Argentina) ibid. Marcos to Juan