Rooting Out Europe’s Low-Key Underworld


The muscle that once characterized Russian underworld growth has been replaced by an emphasis on white-collar financial crimes, many of which get their start in unassuming places, including hotel lobbies. Gangland brutality has yielded to low profile savoir-faire, intended above all to defuse police pressure. At the same time, old-school business in prostitution, drugs and weapons is still booming, with multinational clans taking full advantage of safe havens such as Montenegro as well as lax enforcement on the part of the European Union