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Crimes in 90s Russia

Let’s move from frauds to severer things. Today, I will write about crimes. To begin with, I was way to far from it, and all my knowledge on this particular topic comes from TV. Watching news is never fun, not now, not back then. I clearly stayed away from TV as much as could, still I got some related memories.

Factories, plants, which were state-owned, became privately owned. Not always the transfer procedure was legal. Some properties were simply taken away. Not simply, by murders. That was the time when everyone started talking about mafia. Murders during territory negotiation was among regular news. There were different areas belonging to different crime groups, which not always lived in peace. As there were no system and order at all after the Soviet collapsed, mafia easily entered many areas. It was like a cancer, spreading all over body. Interestingly, that the cultural capital of Russia – St. Petersburg – became one of the most criminal cities in the country.

Very soon, mafia men got own uniform – crimson red jacket, thick gold chain on the neck, and shaved head. There were not necessarily the brightest/smartest people. They were called new Russians. That was a special category of people, rich and powerful, who were allowed to do whatever they wanted. They usually showed off their money by buying bizarre and exotic things.

No, ordinary people were not afraid of mafia. There were two parallel worlds, which never crossed. Way more dangerous were local drug addicts, who could attack anyone to get some money. Some city areas were truly disgusting, filled with the garbage left from addiction. Probably, that was the point when I became intolerant to any kind of addicts. I am not sorry for that part of population at all. Life can be tough sometimes, but it is a personal choice how to react…

This was the last heavy post, the upcoming topics (food, music, movies) will be more cheerful. I promise. 🤗

32 thoughts on “Crimes in 90s Russia

  1. Good that you explain the experience of this actually happening in your life… because some people may refuse to believe it could happen in theirs. Thanks, just relating this sort of thing for a few paragraphs might actually help people.
    Have a great week

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  2. This type of gang and mafia groups are always lurking. Sometimes they pay police and things get bad, or when there is any other type of weakening or destruction of societal order then things get bad as well. I’m glad that they didn’t threaten most ordinary citizens at that time. We are seeing a lot of trouble with drug addiction and homelessness in my area right now. I know what you mean about the trash on the street that surrounds them. It’s a local crisis. And this is in a time when there is supposedly plenty of government control and order, though they seem to be doing little but facilitating people to stay on the street. Looking forward to the music and other fun posts!

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    1. Reacting to the second part of your comment, I want to say that it is not about government as such. Each of us makes the choice to be who we are, to do sports, to read books, or to kill yourself slowly…

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      1. You are so right Elena. No matter the circumstance, our integrity and our choices are our own. Even those who are imprisoned can do great things…I always consider Nelson Mandela and how he kept hope and vigilance for what he believed in. How we treat each other in every small way each day is what truly changes the world.

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  3. Read a book about the state capture by the Oligarchs. We have had that here in South Africa since the socialists took over in 1994. A country failing at the hand of tremendous corruption.

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  4. Very interesting post. I knew from news here in the US that crime became more rampant after the Soviet collapse, but I had no idea that things got do bad. My niave assumption was that the local governments were still largely in place and that there was more basic order and structure. I am so sorry that you had to endure so much. But now you have taken those experiences and used them to grow.

    Thanks again for the educational posts.

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    1. It is understandable. If you go from total control to absolutely freedom, bad things happen. People didn’t know how to deal with freedom, and many misused it.


  5. People don’t seem to realize freed South Africa. As a South African, I cringe when someone misunderstands, then quote “facts” out of context as above. If only the world can be taught, educated, to see the wood for the trees.

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      1. Many people will want me dead for speaking truth. As a retired auditor, I deal with facts and not opinion. Let the journo’s deal with that.

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