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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 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 the 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), Union]], they really exploded with 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 the 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.


* Pick a Russian city. Any Russian city. Or any former Soviet republic or Eastern-bloc country... You can even still find a TownWithADarkSecret in a remote area of the country that is run by the Mafiya and the lawful administration is InNameOnly.

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* Pick a Russian city. Any Russian city. [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell Or any former Soviet republic or Eastern-bloc country...country]]... You can even still find a TownWithADarkSecret in a remote area of the country that is run by the Mafiya and the lawful administration is InNameOnly.



* OlderThanRadio: The ''Vorovskoy Mir (Thieves' World)'' originated in the early years of Tsarist Russia.

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* OlderThanRadio: The ''Vorovskoy Mir (Thieves' World)'' originated in the early years of Tsarist Russia.UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia.


* 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. 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.

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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]] never ever]] call any Russian criminal a "bitch". In the years following WWII, ''avtomatchik''s (lit. 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.


* ''VideoGame/TheGetaway: Black Monday'' has them as the main antagonists in the form of the "Skobel Group". They're led by Viktor Skobel, a ''vory y zakone'' who has a charming exterior and a taste for fine art and culture, but is brutal and ruthless nonetheless.

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* ''VideoGame/TheGetaway: Black Monday'' has them as the main antagonists in the form of the "Skobel Group". They're led by Viktor Skobel, a ''vory y zakone'' who has a charming exterior and [[WickedCultured a taste for fine art and culture, culture]], but is brutal and ruthless nonetheless.

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* The real-life model for ''Film/VanWilder'' is even more famous for his routine about (he swears) his real-life involvement with these guys. Ladies and Gentlemen, [[https://youtu.be/paG1-lPtIXA Bert Kreischer, THE MACHINE]] (warning: definitely NSFW).

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* ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14997911/chapters/34760702 The Horsewomen OF Las Vegas]]'' has the Bratva, led by Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff. In the story, the Bratva were nearly run out of existence at one point, but were able to rebuild.
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* The Russian mini-series ''TheBitchWar'' tells the story of Misha who in 1935 left his village to escape famine and, unable to find work in the city, became a thief. He is initiated into the Bratva and when arrested refuses to cooperate with the authorities. This gets him the respect of the vor v zakone and he is considered a member in good standing. When war breaks out, Misah is offered a pardon if he joins the army but as a good Bratva thief, he declines. However, Germans massacre his family and he joins up to fight them. This gets him a death sentence from the vor v zakone. Misha survives the war but when he gets home he returns to crime and is soon arrested. He is sent to a gulag where he has to survive the Bitch Wars where the Bratva old guard that sat out the war is determined to kill those Bratva members who joined the army to fight the Germans.


There is another school of thought that posits that ''vory v zakone'' actually died slowly during the Soviet Era and that the new gangsters of the 90s coopted old structures as a source of pride and tradition without the baggage of the vorys limitations such as a ban on family life.

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There is another school of thought that posits that ''vory v zakone'' actually died slowly during the Soviet Era and that the new gangsters of the 90s coopted old structures as a source of pride and tradition without the baggage of the vorys ''vory'''s limitations such as a ban on family life.


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 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.
There is another school of thought that posits that vory v zakone actually died slowly during the Soviet Era and that the new gangsters of the 90s coopted old structures as a source of pride and tradition without the baggage of the vorys limitations such as a ban on family life.

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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 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 of the 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.
There is another school of thought that posits that vory ''vory v zakone zakone'' actually died slowly during the Soviet Era and that the new gangsters of the 90s coopted old structures as a source of pride and tradition without the baggage of the vorys limitations such as a ban on family life.


Aside from the Bratva proper, there are also ethnic Mafiya in Russia, mostly from the Caucasus. Some of them follow the usual Bratva mold, but are even more vicious and ruthless. Some (most famously the Chechen Mafiya) do not, and are even worse.

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Aside from the Bratva proper, there are also ethnic Mafiya in Russia, mostly from the Caucasus. Some of them follow the usual Bratva mold, but are even more vicious and ruthless. Some (most famously the Chechen Mafiya) Mafiya, who are more similar to the Sicilians in their clannish organization and insular nature) do not, and are even worse.


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* According to [[ConspiracyTheorist Lazarus]], the Russian mob runs Mexico in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''.
** Which serves as a CallForward since according to supplementary materials of the original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', at some point before 2050, TheMafiya and the [[TheCartel Mexican drug cartels]] join forces and gain power rivaling that of their respective governments.
** ''DeusExTheFall'': Russian bureaucrat Mikhail Kontarsky hires the Bratva as his personal bodyguards in the prologue mission. Unfortunately for Kontarsky, they aren't really a match for [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Tyrants]].

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* According to [[ConspiracyTheorist Lazarus]], the Russian mob runs Mexico in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''.
''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
** Which serves as a CallForward since according to supplementary materials of the original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', at At some point before 2050, TheMafiya and the [[TheCartel Mexican drug cartels]] join forces and gain joined forces, gaining power rivaling that of their respective governments.
governments. This received a CallForward in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', with [[ConspiracyTheorist Lazarus]] mentioning that the Russian mob practically runs Mexico in 2027.
** ''DeusExTheFall'': ''VideoGame/DeusExTheFall'': Russian bureaucrat Mikhail Kontarsky hires the Bratva as his personal bodyguards in the prologue mission. Unfortunately for Kontarsky, they aren't really a match for [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Tyrants]].

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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': Boris Chekov is a Russian mobster, LoanShark, and SideQuest antagonist. However, he's also a regular human being whose organization is easily OvershadowedByAwesome when someone he's [[SexualExtortion sexually extorting]] sends the PlayerCharacter, a powerful vampire, to kill him.



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* The final book of the ''Literature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries'' has Patrick and Angie deal with the Russian mob for the first time, and neither of them are happy about it since even [[PsychoSidekick Bubba]] (who is allowed to do his own thing by both the Italians and Irish because fighting him is so much more trouble than it's worth) thinks they're too tough to take on. TheHeavy for them is Yefim, an [[FauxAffablyEvil extremely cheerful, friendly guy]] who [[EveryoneHasStandards calls petty criminal Kenny a "piece of shit" for giving a young girl a major drug habit]], before kidnapping the girl and [[KickTheDog idly musing whether they'll rape her or test out his colleague's new gun on her]].


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* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Billions}}'' has Bobby reluctantly approach Grigor Andolov for an investment to keep his embattled company afloat. Though Andolov never displays any tattoos etc. [[PaperThinDisguise he barely bothers to hide the fact that he is a ruthless murderer]], and he starts causing problems immediately. Wielding a level of power that Bobby is not accustomed to dealing with (bribery and corporate sabotage he's an expert at, murder and mutilation are not something he's ever dabbled in) Andolov eventually offers to kill someone for Bobby, with the latter fully aware that both accepting and refusing will have consequences he'd much rather avoid.


A relatively recent development is the "AUE" criminal subculture, popular among underage gopniks. These gopniks ''do'' pretend that they are part of the mafiya, follow the code and use Fenya. Actual career criminals tend to see them as useful idiots. It is rumored that AUE propaganda is spread through the Internet by Bratva members to recruit more footsoldiers for their "business", since the old guard of the 1990s, now released from prisons, is really old and needs fresh blood.

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A relatively recent development is the "AUE" criminal subculture, popular among underage gopniks. These gopniks ''do'' pretend that they are part of the mafiya, follow the code and use Fenya. Actual career criminals tend to see them as useful idiots. It is rumored that AUE propaganda is spread through the Internet by Bratva members to recruit more footsoldiers for their "business", since the old guard of the 1990s, now released from prisons, is really old and needs fresh blood.
blood. If this is true, then they are wildly successful: a lot of aspiring gopniks, especially in Siberia, now follows the AUE mold, admires the Bratva and wants to join.

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