Corruption and drugs prove profitable for the mafia

  • 1999-08-26
  • Katya Cengel
Today Riga Criminal Police Chief Aloizs Blonskis and criminal prosecutor Dagmara Usca are not too worried about organized criminals whom they describe as small bands dealing in car thievery, oil, cigarette and spirits smuggling."We managed to isolate the basic mafia," said Usca. "The big mafia has been transformed into something else."Some would call that something else - the government. In a 1998 World Bank Corruption Report public officials revealed that 30 percent to 65 percent take their jobs mainly for "unofficial benefits," and 15 percent to 45 percent pay money for their jobs.The rep...
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