The site tells about the mafia and gangsters who control most of the shadow economy in the world.
1. Sicilian Mafia h2>
It operates in Sicily since the beginning of the XIX century, becoming at the beginning of the XX century in international organizations. Initially, the organization dedicated to the protection of orange plantation owners and nobles who own large plots of land, mainly from himself as themselves. These were the beginnings of racketeering. Later Cosa Nostra expanded range of its activities, becoming a criminal group in all respects. With the XX century the main focus of the Cosa Nostra became banditry.
2. Russian mafia h2>
It is officially the worst organized criminal group. Former FBI special agent called Russian mafia, "the most dangerous people in the world." In the West, the term "Russian mafia" could mean any criminal organization, as a true Russian and other post-Soviet states, or from the immigration environment in foreign countries. Some stuffed hierarchical tattoos often use military tactics and carry out contract killings.
3. Mexican Mafia (La eMe) h2>
This gang - an ally of the Aryan Brotherhood with the southern coast of the United States. It is known for its active involvement in the drug trade. Gang members easily identified by the special black tattoo of a hand placed on the chest.
The Mexican Mafia was formed in the late 50s by members of a street gang of Mexicans imprisoned Dyuel, located in Trice, California. The founders of the gang began thirteen Mexican-Americans from East Los Angeles, a few of whom were gang members Marawila. They called themselves Meksikanemi that translated from Nahuatl as "the one who walks with God in heart».
4. Yakuza h2>
Yakuza - it's organized crime syndicates in Japan, like the triad in other Asian countries and the western mafia. Nevertheless, the social organization and behavior of the yakuza are very different from other criminal groups: they even have their own office buildings, but their actions often quite openly written in the press.
One of the iconic images of the Yakuza are their intricate color tattoos all over his body. Yakuza use the traditional method of manually entering the ink under the skin, known as irezumi - this tattoo serves as a proof of courage, because this method is very painful.
5. Chinese Triad h2>
Triad - a form of clandestine criminal organizations in China and the Chinese diaspora. Triads have always been characterized by common beliefs (a belief in the mystical value of the digit 3, hence their name). Currently triad known mainly as a mafia-style criminal organizations, common in Taiwan, the United States and other Chinese immigration centers specializing in drug trafficking and other criminal activities.
"Triad" - one of the most patriotic mafias. During the international event fighters ensure the safety of foreigners, and during the SARS outbreak, even announced a premium of $ 1 million a doctor who finds the cure for the disease.
6. Hell's Angels (USA) h2>
One of the world's largest motorcycle clubs having their chapter is (affiliates) worldwide. Included along with the Outlaws MC, Pagans MC and Bandidos MC, the so-called "Big Four» outlaw-clubs and the most famous among them.
Law enforcement agencies in several countries called the club "a gang of motorcyclists," and accused of drug trafficking, racketeering, trafficking in stolen goods, violence, murder, and so on. D.
According to legend, placed on the official website of motor club, during the Second World War, there was a US Air Force 303rd squadron of heavy bombers called «Hell's Angels». After the war and the dissolution of divisions pilots were out of work. They believe that their homeland had betrayed and abandoned to their fate. They had no choice but to go against their "cruel country, to sit on the motorcycle, and motor clubs united in revolt».
7. Mara Salvatrucha h2>
This Mafia is engaged in many kinds of criminal business, including trafficking in drugs, arms and human beings; robbery, racketeering, contract killings, kidnappings for ransom, pimping, car theft, money laundering and fraud.
Many street vendors and small shops, located in the territories of Mara Salvatrucha, a gang pay up to half the income for the opportunity to work. Forced to pay MS-13 and many Salvadorans living in the United States, whose relatives in the event of getting capped or killed by bandits at home
8. Montreal Rizzuto Mafia h2>
Rizzuto - criminal family, which is mainly based in Montreal, but runs the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Once they have merged with their families in New York, which eventually led to mafia wars in Montreal in the late '70s. Rizzuto owns property worth hundreds of millions of dollars in different countries. They own hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, construction, food, service and trading companies. In Italy, they belong to the firm for the production of furniture and Italian delicacies.
9. Mungiki (Kenya) h2>
This Kenyan prohibited (2002) politico-religious group, regenerating the traditional African religions. It has arisen in the wake of the Mau Mau uprising. He became famous in connection with the massacres and clashes with the police.
Mungiki considers himself a religious group that advocates the preservation of the traditional "African ways of worship, culture and way of life." Its adherents pray, facing towards Mount Kenya. They also practiced vows and sacrifices.