Globalization, Organized Crime and Money Laundering: An Interdisciplinary Examination

Amy M. Weber, University of Pittsburgh
Sharon A. Melzer, Florida State University

The integration of disciplinary thought has become an essential criterion in the study and attempted explanations of organized crime. With this premise in mid, this paper will integrate theories of globalization and interdependence into the criminological and historical phenomena of organized crime. This integration will transpire through an analysis of Russian organized crime via its socioeconomic history and criminal endeavors and the global response to these organized criminal syndicates. More specially, the paper will examine Russian organized crime's involvement in money laundering activities and the illicit transactions processed through the Bank of New York and its Russian banking conspirators. Data will be collected from international news sources, government documentation and governmental or agency hearing transcripts.

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