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10th Feb '18 11:33:06 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/MollysGame'', Molly's world starts to spiral out of control when the Russian Mob get involved in her underground poker games. They later move to take over her games.
17th Jan '18 4:49:55 AM VagabondPeafowl
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* The Chechen from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
15th Dec '17 11:08:43 AM Odacon_Spy
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* The Bratva is one of the street gangs in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'', depicted as stereotypical tracksuit wearing ''gopniki''. They also have elements of [[KosherNostra Jewish gangsters]], which puts them in conflict with the white supremacist [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Sons of Ragnarok]].

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* The Bratva is one of the street gangs in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'', depicted as stereotypical tracksuit wearing stereotypical, tracksuit-wearing ''gopniki''. They also have elements of [[KosherNostra Jewish gangsters]], which puts them in conflict with the white supremacist [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Sons of Ragnarok]].
6th Dec '17 6:47:56 PM BattleMaster
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* The secondary plot of ''Film/Jungle2Jungle'' revolves around a Russian mob boss that Michael (Creator/TimAllen) sold a bunch of coffee beans to only for the price to drop the next day, leaving the boss to think he's been swindled and come looking for revenge.
27th Nov '17 1:03:50 AM Dingbot
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Mafiya members have a system of symbolic [[TattooedCrook tattoos]] that reflect their position in the hierarchy and their history of crimes and prison terms. It even has symbols for "snitch" and "prison sex slave"; these are usually tattooed forcibly, as is to be expected. Prison gang culture was historically very important to the mob, because in the Soviet Union no professional criminal could hope to evade imprisonment for long. All prison gangs in UsefulNotes/TheGulag were branches and schools of the mafiya, called ''blatnye'' or ''otritsalovo''; no ''vor v zakone'' could be made who had no prison education, and someone with no prison history at all was limited to gopnik or bratok status. Today, as many quaint Soviet traditions, this one is gone, and in most prisons, the guard-sponsored ''suki'' or ''kozly''[[note]]roughly, "goats", slang for "stool pigeons". Outside the criminal scene, it's slang-meaning is roughly "asshole" or "bastard"[[/note]] gangs have more influence than the ''blatnye''.

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Mafiya members have a system of symbolic [[TattooedCrook tattoos]] that reflect their position in the hierarchy and their history of crimes and prison terms. It even has symbols for "snitch" and "prison sex slave"; these are usually tattooed forcibly, as is to be expected. Prison gang culture was historically very important to the mob, because in the Soviet Union no professional criminal could hope to evade imprisonment for long. All prison gangs in UsefulNotes/TheGulag were branches and schools of the mafiya, called ''blatnye'' or ''otritsalovo''; no ''vor v zakone'' could be made who had no prison education, and someone with no prison history at all was limited to gopnik or bratok status. Today, as many quaint Soviet traditions, this one is gone, and in most prisons, the guard-sponsored ''suki'' or ''kozly''[[note]]roughly, "goats", slang for "stool pigeons". Outside the criminal scene, it's its slang-meaning is roughly "asshole" or "bastard"[[/note]] gangs have more influence than the ''blatnye''.
15th Nov '17 5:37:45 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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While mobsters existed in UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia and the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] (a lot of people in TheGulag were actual criminals by objective standards), they really exploded with the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was widespread unemployment, [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets many ex-military men]] and others with [[FormerRegimePersonnel the right skill-set for this sort of thing, but no work]]. Old KGB men and lots of abandoned military hardware quickly found themselves both with new homes. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo in The Mafiya to accept people who once wore uniforms and shoulderboards of any kind. After WWII, when the majority of Soviet male population (including the crooks) served in the Red Army, it even caused a major internal conflict in {{the gulag}}s, called "Bitch Wars" (Сучьи войны ''Suchyi voyny''), when the ''vory v zakone'' refused to welcome back their former peers who fought in the war. But, after the USSR fell, this restriction became mostly obsolete--even mobsters with rules are still mobsters and won't turn down a golden opportunity to make money.

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While mobsters existed in UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia and the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] (a lot of people in TheGulag were actual criminals by objective standards), they really exploded with the collapse of the Soviet Union.TheGreatPoliticsMessUp. There was widespread unemployment, [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets many ex-military men]] and others with [[FormerRegimePersonnel the right skill-set for this sort of thing, but no work]]. Old KGB men and lots of abandoned military hardware quickly found themselves both with new homes. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo in The Mafiya to accept people who once wore uniforms and shoulderboards of any kind. After WWII, when the majority of Soviet male population (including the crooks) served in the Red Army, it even caused a major internal conflict in {{the gulag}}s, called "Bitch Wars" (Сучьи войны ''Suchyi voyny''), when the ''vory v zakone'' refused to welcome back their former peers who fought in the war. But, after the USSR fell, this restriction became mostly obsolete--even mobsters with rules are still mobsters and won't turn down a golden opportunity to make money.
30th Oct '17 7:19:32 AM skotavatar
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* A Russian-led criminal organization plays as the (seeming) main antagonist in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly''. This is explored further in the second book of the series.
25th Aug '17 8:27:23 PM DrOO7
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* ''Our Kind Of Traitor'' features a more benign version of these when a London couple vacationing in Morocco is befriended by a Russian gangster who wants to get out of the business, but knows that doing so will be fatal to him and his family. He asks the pair to be a go-between for him and [=MI6=], offering them information on other gangs in exchange for immunity and protection for his family.


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* An episode of ''Series/BlueBloods'' had Danny and his partner protecting a witness in Erin's case against this sort of kingpin, despite the man's ruthless efforts at killing and intimidating her--even as she prepared to testify, he taunted her about knowing [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive where her mother lived]], despite it being thousands of miles away.
* A ''Series/ThirdWatch'' storyline had cop Sully's wife and stepson being threatened--and sadly, eventually murdered--by one of these.
25th Aug '17 6:57:13 PM nombretomado
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While mobsters existed in UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia and the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] (a lot of people in TheGulag were actual criminals by objective standards), they really exploded with the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was widespread unemployment, [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets many ex-military men]] and others with [[FormerRegimePersonnel the right skill-set for this sort of thing, but no work]]. Old KGB men and lots of abandoned military hardware quickly found themselves both with new homes. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo in The Mafiya to accept people who once wore uniforms and shoulderboards of any kind. After WWII, when the majority of Soviet male population (including the crooks) served in the Red Army, it even caused a major internal conflict in {{the gulag}}s, called "Bitch Wars" (Сучьи войны ''Suchyi voyny''), when the ''vory v zakone'' refused to welcome back their former peers who fought in the war. But, after the USSR fell, this restriction became mostly obsolete--even mobsters with rules are still mobsters and won't turn down a golden opportunity to make money.

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While mobsters existed in UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia and the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] (a lot of people in TheGulag were actual criminals by objective standards), they really exploded with the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was widespread unemployment, [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets many ex-military men]] and others with [[FormerRegimePersonnel the right skill-set for this sort of thing, but no work]]. Old KGB men and lots of abandoned military hardware quickly found themselves both with new homes. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo in The Mafiya to accept people who once wore uniforms and shoulderboards of any kind. After WWII, when the majority of Soviet male population (including the crooks) served in the Red Army, it even caused a major internal conflict in {{the gulag}}s, called "Bitch Wars" (Сучьи войны ''Suchyi voyny''), when the ''vory v zakone'' refused to welcome back their former peers who fought in the war. But, after the USSR fell, this restriction became mostly obsolete--even mobsters with rules are still mobsters and won't turn down a golden opportunity to make money.
25th Aug '17 6:40:24 PM nombretomado
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Russian mobsters engage in all the activities that the Italian mobsters do. However, they are frequently depicted in a much more openly ruthless, sadistic, brutal and vicious fashion than the Italian Mafia, without the [[FauxAffablyEvil thin veneer of class and sophistication]] that [[DamnItFeelsGoodTobeAGangster many depictions]] of the Italian Mafia have [[TheCoconutEffect built up around the organisation]]. This is often [[JustifiedTrope explained]] by them being [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong tough enough]] to survive and prosper in the underworld of both the Soviet Union and post-collapse Russian society, neither of which were/are exactly healthy environments for milquetoasts to begin with. These days, many of the biggest Organisatsiya potentates are actually worming their way into government positions: not for nothing is TheNewRussia sometimes known as a "mafia state."

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Russian mobsters engage in all the activities that the Italian mobsters do. However, they are frequently depicted in a much more openly ruthless, sadistic, brutal and vicious fashion than the Italian Mafia, without the [[FauxAffablyEvil thin veneer of class and sophistication]] that [[DamnItFeelsGoodTobeAGangster many depictions]] of the Italian Mafia have [[TheCoconutEffect built up around the organisation]]. This is often [[JustifiedTrope explained]] by them being [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong tough enough]] to survive and prosper in the underworld of both the Soviet Union and post-collapse Russian society, neither of which were/are exactly healthy environments for milquetoasts to begin with. These days, many of the biggest Organisatsiya potentates are actually worming their way into government positions: not for nothing is TheNewRussia UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia sometimes known as a "mafia state."
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