Comparitive Perspective on Organized Crime

Comparative Perspective on Organized Crime
                      Russian and Asian Organized Crime
    April 28, 2008

Russian and Asian Organized Crime
      Transnational organized crime involves the planning and execution of illicit business ventures by groups or networks of individuals working in more than one country (Reuter and Petrie, 1999; Albanese, 2004). These criminal groups use systematic violence and corruption to achieve their goals (Finckenauer and Voronin, 2001). Most crimes commonly include money laundering; human smuggling; cyber crime; and trafficking of humans, drugs, weapons, endangered species, body parts, or nuclear material.
      Transnational crime families use various activities to specifically weaken economies, various countries financial systems and undermine democracy (Voronin, 2000). These networks often prey on weaker governments not yet powerful enough to oppose them, prospering on all illegal activities, drug trafficking,   one crime that will create immense profits. By carrying out illegal activities, organized criminals upset the stability of nations worldwide, by using bribery, violence, or terrorism to achieve their goals.
      From the viewpoints of the United States all criminal elements are looked upon in different views. In the United States the organized criminal families must be tried for their crimes against the law. However, in Russia as well as Asia, many of those illegal actions benefit their countries towns and villages. Granted, this is from the different criminal opportunities combined with family environment, but a crime is still a crime, regardless of the conditions of the population. Because of the proliferation of groups, not a specific organizational structure can be delineated as if it described one criminal organization.

      Russian organized crime has a far reaching range of influence and action on an international level. Russian immigrants are generally urban in origin, well-educated,...