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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."
7th Aug '17 4:18:08 AM jeez
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* An ''avtoritet'' is a "middle manager" of the Bratva. Usually an old, crusty, experienced bro who proved to be smart enough to survive and outlive his peers.

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* An ''avtoritet'' (lit. authority) is a "middle manager" of the Bratva. Usually an old, crusty, experienced bro who proved to be smart enough to survive and outlive his peers.



* A ''suka'' or ''ssuchenniy'' (literally "bitch") is any former member of the mafiya who tries to reform and aid the law. These are the enemies of any mafiya members, and that's why you should [[BerserkButton never]] call any Russian criminal a "bitch". In the years following WWII, ''avtomatchik''s (lit. "riflemen") were the crooks who fought in the war and then got back in prison for old or new crimes. The ''vory'' considered them a kind of ''suka'' because of the aforementioned taboo.

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* A ''suka'' or ''ssuchenniy'' (literally "bitch") is any former member of the mafiya who tries to reform and aid the law. These are the enemies of any mafiya members, and that's why you should [[BerserkButton never]] call any Russian criminal a "bitch". In the years following WWII, ''avtomatchik''s (lit. "riflemen") machinegunners) were the crooks who fought in the war and then got back in prison for old or new crimes. The ''vory'' considered them a kind of ''suka'' because of the aforementioned taboo.
8th Jun '17 7:13:09 AM erforce
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* A drunk chap called himself the Russian Grim Reaper in ''BadBoys 2''.

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* A drunk chap called himself the Russian Grim Reaper in ''BadBoys 2''.''Film/BadBoysII''.
29th May '17 1:50:12 PM Dramatic
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* The Bratva is one of the street gangs in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'', depicted as stereotypical tracksuit wearing ''gopniki''.

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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]].
16th May '17 9:48:19 AM nombretomado
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While mobsters existed in 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 TsaristRussia 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.
5th May '17 8:59:02 AM Nick98
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* During the events of ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}} Fusion'', Russia's government was overthrown by the nation's mafia, including anti-gravity racing team Qirex, which would be later bought by the syndicate-owned Tigron Enterprises. They would later on wreak havoc in the [=F9000=] and eventually lead to the downfall of AG racing because of numerous race-fixing scandals involving them blackmailing Overtel, which at the time owned the Anti-Gravity Racing Commission, into changing the rules to favor them. Their playable craft, the Bull-666, was a popular pick amongst players with its high top speed, great handling, decent acceleration and an extremely powerful Super Weapon in the form of the [[KillItWithIce Nitro Rocket]].
6th Apr '17 3:58:45 AM Anicomicgeek
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* The ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' version of Colossus started off as a weapons dealer before joining the team.
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