Russian Organized Crime: Problems and Perspectives of Russian-American Cooperation in Law Enforcement

Maria Martinkous, Eastern Kentucky University

This work explores American and Russian cooperation in organized crime control efforts. The factors that determine the emergence and development of organized crime in modern Russia are discussed to provide an understanding of the problem's roots. The author is tracking the connections of Russian organizeed crime with the other transnational criminal groups and their break-in to the U.S. territory. one of the important aspects of the cooperative effort is organized crime's legal regulation in both countries, including mutual agreements. This work focuses on major areas of Russian-American cooperation in law enforcement like drug trafficking, human trafficking, child pornography, and money laundering. Also considered are methods of cooperation in law enforcement like information exchange and mutual aid in criminal proceedings. Examples of the recent events in the international criminal arena illustrate the mechanisms and faults of cooperation in Russian and American law enforcement. In conclusion, the study proposes several improvements in the Russian-American fight against organized crime.

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