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Chronology of Russian Killings

NCJ Number
Transnational Organized Crime Volume: 4 Issue: 2 Dated: Summer 1998 Pages: 117-201
William A. Cook; Gregory Baudin-O'Hayon
Date Published
85 pages
This article provides a chronology of killings and attempted killings that involved Russian victims both in Russia and in other countries from 1981 through 1999, so as to provide information that could be helpful in understanding the industries or economic sectors that were being affected by Russian organized crime.
This chronology of killings, both successful and attempted, as well as other violent attacks, appeared in a number of cases to be closely linked to organized criminal groups from the former Soviet Union. The study of such events was part of a continuing project at the University of Pittsburgh's Ridgway Center for International Security. The chronology was a first attempt at documenting a phenomenon that had become widespread and had critical impact on the capacity for establishing successful transition and good governance in the States of the former Soviet Union. For each killing, the date, place, victim's name, and method of killing or attempted killing was provided. An asterisk by a killing or attempted killing indicates a contract killing that was tentatively linked to organized crime. The authors advised that not all incidents recorded in the chronology had a direct and unequivocal relationship to organized crime, since the distinction between politician, businessman, and criminal continued to blur in Russia and States of the former Soviet Union. The authors attempted to balance inclusiveness with selectivity in a way that was as consistent as possible. The chronology was based on open source materials accessed through Lexis Nexis, World News Connection, and a variety of other publications.


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