New Frontiers: Russian-Speaking Organized Crime in Latin America

Policy Brief October 2, 2013, No. 133

Russian-speaking organized crime is capitalizing on and flourishing in the “permissive environment” of Latin American
countries. Principally involved in drug trafficking and money laundering, it is also colluding effectively with local criminal
cartels. The Kremlin has initiated collaborative steps to counter organized crime in the region, but initiatives from EU
countries are so far largely lacking in a domain that requires greater international cooperation.

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